Watched “Ostrov” tonight, a Russian film about a man that sins, is nearly killed, but saved by monks from a monastery.

He regrets his sin, stays at the monastery as a coal-stoker, is seen as crazy by the other monks and somehow has supernatural powers which leads to people coming for his advice/healing.

It’s a slow-moving, meditative film, very Russian (think Dostoyevski meets Tarkovsky) but I enjoyed it.

If you’re interested, it’s available for free streaming online here.

Apparently, the concept of a crazy monk or nun with supernatural powers is a common theme in Russian Orthodoxy. There’s even a particular term, yurodivy.

I very much like the idea of the “Holy Fool”.


~ by R.M. McGrath on 12/30/2011.

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