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Ward No. 6

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A bold contemporary adaptation of Anton Chekhovs legendary short story, Ward No. 6 chronicles one mans descent into madness. Dr. Ragin is the head doctor at a provincial insane asylum, where he daily interacts with the abandoned, the unloved and the forgotten. Lonely and isolated in his personal life, he finds solace in the long philosophical dialogues with his brilliant patient Gromov, which lead him to question the nature of his own existence. Updating the 1892 tale to the present day, the film is shot in a real mental institution on the outskirts of Moscow, and features interviews with actual patients. A powerful film, Ward No. 6 illuminates the writers immortal genius for a new generation.

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  • Actors: Vladimir Ilin, Aleksey Vertkov, Yevgeni Stychkin, Viktor Solovyov
  • Directors: Aleksandr Gornovsky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2011
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004R4PX48
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,898 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By G. Teslovich on June 20, 2011
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Would you like a little Chekhov, Tolstoy and Kafka to entertain you in the 21st century with intellectualized philosophical discussions of reality while you contemplate social justice and freedom where you reside, perhaps wrongly, in a remotely isolated insane asylum?

Rhetorical question digression: Why is great acting so seemingly commonplace everywhere but in L.A. & N.Y.?
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This wasn't really what I expected. I agree with Sandiegojesse, the interview style was a little weird and the subtitles were tough to read at times. Overall I found myself losing interest in some parts and being pulled into others.

What I liked:

The story itself grabs your attention quick. A guy who used to run the asylum is now a patient? I was quick to sign up.

It seemed very introspective, like much of Russian literature and cinema. It makes you think, poses some important questions and leaves you with even more. I liked that.

The acting was superb. The actors speak with their faces and do it very well. Extremely convincing.

What I didn't like:

The way it bounced around. It was kind of a past-present thing that wasn't really fluid.

The interview style - I would have preferred a storytelling or something of the sort.

The Captions, yellow on white, rough translation and some stuff not translated. Not enough to ruin the movie, but it was frustrating.

Overall I wouldn't tell someone not to watch it, but I wouldn't push them towards it either.
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Very natural, and believable, and true to life, or what i imagine life to have been like in those conditions. The only quibble is that the yellow sub-titles are sometimes hard to read.
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