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The Fool (2014)

Durak (original title)
Dima Nikitin is an ordinary honest plumber who suddenly decides to face the corrupt system of local politics in order to save the lives of 800 inhabitants of an old dormitory, which is about to collapse.

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Yuriy Bykov

Writer:

Yuriy Bykov
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Artyom Bystrov ... Dima Nikitin
Natalya Surkova ... Nina Galaganova, mer
Yuriy Tsurilo ... Bogachyov
Boris Nevzorov ... Fedotov
Kirill Polukhin Kirill Polukhin ... Matyugin
Aleksandr Korshunov Aleksandr Korshunov ... Otets Dimy
Olga Samoshina Olga Samoshina ... Mat Dimy
Darya Moroz ... Zhena Dimy
Sergey Artsibashev ... Tulskiy (as Sergey Artsybashev)
Elena Panova Elena Panova ... Kristina
Dmitriy Kulichkov Dmitriy Kulichkov ... Drunk
Ilya Isaev Ilya Isaev ... Safronov
Maksim Pinsker Maksim Pinsker ... Sayapin
Lyubov Rudenko ... Razumihina
Irina Nizina Irina Nizina ... Chernenko
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The Fool is a movie about a simple plumber. An honest man, he is up against an entire system of corrupted bureaucrats. At stake are the lives of 800 inhabitants of an old dorm that is at risk of collapsing within the span of the night. Dima Nikitin is a simple and honest guy, a foreman of a repair team at a provincial housing service. Nothing really makes him stand out among the rest. It's only the unusual combination of honesty and integrity that makes others perceive him as somewhat weird.In the little town there is a notorious dorm, inhabited mainly by drunkards and outcasts. One night the pipes burst at the dorm. After arriving at the scene, Nikitin discovers that things are way more serious - the building will not stand through the night. People need to be evacuated immediately. Fighting the red tape, Nikitin sets off on a night Odyssey around the town authorities. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

Russia

Language:

Russian

Release Date:

16 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tula, Tula Oblast, Russia

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Production Co:

Rock Film Studio See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Co-produced by the Russian Ministry of Culture See more »

Quotes

Dima Nikitin: We live like animals and die like animals because we are nobodies to each other.
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Referenced in Vdud (2017) See more »

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Spokoynaya noch
Written by Viktor Tsoy
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Durak (2014 - Yuriy Bykov): ****1/2
21 March 2016 | by tmdainesSee all my reviews

The setup is fairly simple, during a violet domestic dispute about stolen money that serves as the film's prologue, a water pipe bursts. The whole scene underscores what is to come: a tale of a corrupt society teetering on the brink of disaster socially, economically and politically.

The hero of the film, Dima, the "durak" (fool) of the title of the film, is a bright young plumber on the way up in the world. After inspecting the damage, he soon realises that the burst pipe is merely evidence of a much larger issue: the entire block of flats is falling apart and will do so in 24 hours. While this should have been rectified during regular renovations of the building, the funds to do so were skimmed off the top by the local head of the housing organisation.

In response, Dima goes right to the very top of the provincial town in an attempt to save the lives of the occupants. Is anyone going to be motivated to act, however, if they have already been bleeding the system dry until now? Perhaps covering their own backs will prove the only motivation.

A brilliant film: one where you truly don't know whether to laugh or cry. From my time in Ukraine though, I dread just how accurate this slice of modern small town Russian life is.


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