Friday, 15 April 2011

Karen Shakhnazarov: Ward Number Six - Палата № 6 (2009)

Directed by Aleksandr Gornovsky, Karen Shakhnazarov.
Starring Vladimir Ilin, Aleksey Vertkov, Aleksandr Pankratov-Chyornyy.

The film is a screen version of the mysterious paradoxical and disturbing story by Chekhov, which can be in all justice called the most pessimistic and also the most life-asserting work of the author.

Ward No. 6

The story is based on a real life incident and centers around the head doctor of an asylum who winds up as the asylum patient. Lonely, estranged, reflecting Doctor Andrey Ragin is one of the focal characters in the work of Chekhov and the entire world literature of the 20th century. ...

Ward 6″ is a powerful reflective film taking the viewer through an introspective journey. Adding to its realism, and the fact that it was based on the true case of an asylum administrator who ends up committed to the institution he ran, “Ward 6″ was actually filmed on location in Russia at an institution for the mentally ill and includes interviews with actual inmates who explain their goals and dreams and what led to their incarceration. ...

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