Fooishness was never so appealing… LCWC member, K. V. Turley writes about The Holy Fool on Screen for Crisis magazine.
Saint or psycho?
The Holy Fool is a man or woman perceived as foolish in the eyes of the world but who is, nevertheless, an unnerving presence. Both in the Christian East and West, there is a long tradition of such individuals who witness to a spiritual reality beyond this world. Periodically, they appear on screen. Of these film representations, three examples are discussed below. Be forewarned. There are spoilers ahead.