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    The Fool

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    Released

    2014

    Runtime

    121

    The Fool

    What's it About

    In a decrepit Russian town, Dima (Bystrov) works as a plumber and lives in a shabby apartment with his wife, child and parents. Called to fix a burst pipe in a state-owned housing complex, he discovers a massive crack in the building and fears for the safety of its residents. Despite being told by his mother and wife not to get involved, he tracks down Nina Galaganova (Surkova), the town’s mayor, to warn her of the impending catastrophe.

    Why we love it

    Bykov’s third feature, a study in grim, socio-political realism, unfolds with classic “disaster flick” beats, allowing suspense to build gradually but steadily. Dima unwittingly becomes a crusading hero, a lone voice of reason fighting a broken system; somewhat surprisingly, the Russian Ministry of Culture supported this production.  With “The Fool”, Bykov delivers an incisive, damning critique of his country’s corrupt oligarchy wrapped within a powerful, race-against-time thriller.