Ward No. 6 (Karen Shakhnazarov film) (subtitles) (DVD-NTSC)

Ward No. 6 (Karen Shakhnazarov film) (subtitles) (DVD-NTSC)

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Simultaneously nihilistic and heartening, Ward No. 6 is based on a story by Anton Chekhov, in which a psychiatric doctor becomes a patient in his own asylum. Updated to contemporary Russia, the film is a cocktail of anxieties and riddles, showcasing how easy it is to become what we fear most.

Russia's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 82th Annual Academy Awards (2010).

Many scenes, if not most of them, were shot in Mental Health Nursing Home No. 3 of Dmitrov District of Moscow Oblast, located in a former monastery. The story of the nursing home is briefly told in the film, its administration are thanked in the credits and most supporting characters are or were real patients of the nursing home, including those interviewed at the beginning of the film and appearing in some scenes afterwards. The roles that have the characters' names appended to them in the credits, plus some others, were played by professional actors while all the patients who appeared in the film are listed as extras although the interviewees had more on-screen time than Albina Yevtushevskaya (Darya), or Aleksey Zharkov (the Old Chief Physician). The interviewer who never appears on screen is also listed as an extra.

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