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Ward No. 6 [DVD]

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  • Actors: Vladimir Ilin, Aleksey Vertkov, Aleksandr Pankratov-Chyornyy
  • Directors: Aleksandr Gornovsky, Karen Shakhnazarov
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 11 July 2011
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051V4DJC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,335 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Simultaneously nihilistic and heartening, Ward No. 6 is based on a story by Chekov, 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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan on 12 July 2011
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Well, if like me you've spent time as a psych in-patient then I expect this film will resonate quite strongly with you. It's a quite gentle reflection on what it is to suffer the indignity of incarceration in an institution. Very nicely crafted and so long as you're OK with subtitles I'd recommend it as an insight into the whole field of mental health care and it's degradations; although not sinking into melodramatics or allowing despair to hold too much sway. Almost uplifting in fact!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nora Gluckmann on 24 Sept. 2011
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The film is based in Ward No. 6, Anton Chekhov's short story. The director Karen Shakhnazarov made an excellent translation to cinema of all the writer's extremely bitter philosophy: only Chekhov could have written about his own tragic ideals but also with subtlety, discussed by the two main persons, referred them to a lunatic asylum where its own director becomes a patient.

Chekhov is here transforming the distance between both worlds - very clear in the film -that people generally prefer to believe enormous, into an extremely thin or almost wiped out line. Apparently different worlds whether there are human beings closed into the degradation of a mental health care, or free and supposedly normal and healthy people, including politicians and medical doctors.

The story avoids sentimentality by endowing the characters with deep humanity; excellent the two main actors negative and heartening at the same time. A very interesting, moving and profound Russian film, even beautiful in its amount of compassion, in its unresolved mystery.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Convincing Contemporary Adaptation 21 Jun. 2011
By G. Teslovich - Published on
Format: DVD
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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Not exactly my cup of tea 30 Mar. 2012
By Jeremy Morgan - Published on
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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.
Quietly superb. 8 Jan. 2014
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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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