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164 Ratings

The Fool


Directed by Yuriy Bykov
Russia, 2014


Dima Nikitin is a simple and honest plumber who works in a small Russian town. Except for his unusual integrity, nothing makes him stand out of the crowd, until one night in a dorm mainly occupied by drunkards and outcasts, the pipes burst, endangering the occupants.

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The Fool Directed by Yuriy Bykov
The film’s most disturbing moment comes at the end, with the building dwellers’ harrowing reaction to having their lives saved, suggesting a society beyond redemption. In that sense, The Fool might be one of the most cynical pictures I’ve ever seen.
June 16, 2018
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Brilliantly shot, this Russian drama addresses the subject of corruption in contemporary provincial life… The performances are uniformly strong, and writer-director Yury Bykov achieves an immersive, starkly realistic atmosphere. Yet the translated dialogue can be punishingly literal, as the officials reflect on how corrupt they are and the hero bemoans his situation of being a moral person in an immoral society.
October 07, 2015
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The Fool is desperately stagy—but then why shouldn’t it be? One of its closest relatives, after all, is An Enemy of the People, Ibsen’s drama about another whistleblower who got no thanks for his social conscience. Yet there’s no denying that The Fool packs a punch, and makes an often gripping watch.
September 18, 2015
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