Down House (film)
|Directed by||Roman Kachanov|
|Written by||Roman Kachanov
|Release dates||May 18, 2001|
|Running time||89 min.|
The plot is set in modern Moscow, probably in the second half of the 1990s, with "New Russians", Hummer H1 jeeps, bribery, violence, truckfuls of tinned stew as a dowry, and so on. The film is quite far from the novel's subject, but still keeps to the main storyline. It features Fyodor Bondarchuk as Myshkin, and a soundtrack by DJ Groove, one of the most popular Russian DJs (appeared in film as taxi driver).
In Russian, "Даун" ("down") primarily refers to a person with Down syndrome, or, colloquially, to anyone retarded or just stupid, so it is similar to "Idiot"; while "Хаус" ("house") refers to House music, which is used extensively in the film. The name is also a reference to Russian subcultures like e.g. businessmen, hackers and hippies, heavily using words borrowed from English and transliterated into Russian alphabet.
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