The Fool

The Fool ★★★★★

AKA Nobody's Russian to fix that building.

The perfect companion piece to last year's Leviathan, this is a story of corruption and self-interest in a Russian town which destroys any notion of community as local officials try to find any excuse not to spend money on a patently unsafe building with 800 residents. Vicious in its satire of the local government hierarchy as they move from a willingness to act which changes as money enters the equation. The only honest person in this tale is Dima (played by Heath Ledger lookalike Artyom Bystrov) who tries to bring his community to action but is thwarted by the local officials, the community and even his family.

Powerful and compelling and proof that Russian cinema is enjoying a golden age.

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