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Durak AKA The Fool (2014) FotW #351

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Post by Cocoa » September 20th, 2020, 2:18 pm

Film of the Week #351: Durak AKA The Fool (2014)

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Summary:
Dima Nikitin is an ordinary honest plumber who suddenly decides to face the corrupt system of local politics in order to save the lives of 800 inhabitants of an old dormitory, which is about to collapse.

#198 on 500<400, with 290 checks.
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#198(⇧280, #478) Durak (2014)
[The Fool]

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Directed by: Yuriy Bykov
(415.61 Pts, 11 Votes) , Top 1–10–50: 0–2–3
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Post by burneyfan » September 21st, 2020, 12:26 pm

Loved this film. On my <400 list.

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Post by 72aicm » September 23rd, 2020, 11:28 am

If you loved Durak you would probably enjoy Mayor (2013) as well. From the same director.

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Post by burneyfan » September 23rd, 2020, 3:21 pm

72aicm wrote:
September 23rd, 2020, 11:28 am
If you loved Durak you would probably enjoy Mayor (2013) as well. From the same director.
Thanks, 72aicm! Elevating it on my watchlist now! :cheers:

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Post by cinewest » September 23rd, 2020, 3:48 pm

I have a Russian student who recommended this director, and Durak to me today when I told her I liked so many Russian filmmakers, especially Andrey Zvyagintsev. Too bad, I'm not sure how to get it...

On a related note, I just came across this quote from Joel Coen about his favorite filmmakers:

"Asked about his favorite filmmakers, Coen rattled off some of the usual suspects—Akira Kurosawa, Alfred Hitchcock, and Federico Fellini, but also how he’s come around to Orson Welles and John Ford, filmmakers he didn’t love when he was younger (“Yeah, I know [Orson Welles] is a genius, but I just don’t like his fucking movies!” Coen laughed).

As for contemporary filmmakers? Cinephiles note: Joel Coen loves Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev (“Leviathan,” “Loveless”). “He’s amazing,” Coen said. “He’s never made a bad movie. He was born to make [movies], that’s his medium. He’s not a writer, not a painter; he’s a guy who should be making movies.”

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Post by Melvelet » September 25th, 2020, 10:47 pm

I find it hard to write something that goes beyond what the movie rather explicitly tells. A corrupt government in which everyone just tries to get the best possible outcome for themselves and staying true to that principle even in the face of the fallout of that very behaviour. A lower class that has more or less accepted that life is hard and shit and lost the will to fight for something better because doing so will only lead to negative consequences for yourself without changing anything for better. One is a fool for idealistically believing otherwise. It tells these cynical points by following the protagonist that tries to be guided by his morals instead of personal profit and consequentially fails miserably. I decent feel-bad movie, maybe my main point of critique is that it feels a bit too...matter of fact/dogmatic? We are told what will happen from the start and so it happens.

Won't make my ballot but I'm content with its inclusion in the list. 7/10
Current recommendation: This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection (2019)


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Post by Cocoa » September 26th, 2020, 2:04 am

It's a good film. I hate how the image for it on IMDb made me think this was going to be something like an action(-thriller) film.

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Post by cinewest » October 3rd, 2020, 3:44 am

Good film about the nature of how / why corruption works, even in civilized societies, but a bit heavy handed message wise, and too full of speeches to get the main points across. I prefer Zvyagintsev’s films like Leviafan or Elena which provide a more realistic subtle expose on the same themes
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Post by Melvelet » October 3rd, 2020, 8:47 am

Cocoa wrote:
September 26th, 2020, 2:04 am
It's a good film. I hate how the image for it on IMDb made me think this was going to be something like an action(-thriller) film.
Hah, I thought the same actually
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