Henry Fool (1997)


Simon is a quiet, unassuming garbage man supporting his clinically depressed mother and his bored, over sexed sister. They have a new tenant in their cheap and damp basement apartment; an ex-convict sex offender, a colossal egomaniac, a loud, chain-smoking, beer-guzzling self-styled guerrilla intellectual named Henry Fool.

Nobody knows where he comes from and nobody knows when he’ll leave. But in the meantime, he’ll explode the lives of everyone he comes into contact with. Writing his controversial “Confession”, a sprawling opus, which he expects, will create a sensation, like the immortal writings of the Marquis de Sade or the confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Henry Fool takes Simon under his wing and helps the young garbage man overcome his low self-esteem by urging him to write down his thoughts.

The result is a book-length manifesto, an epic poem of startling significance to some, and utter menace to others. It makes Simon world famous overnight while Henry’s “Confession” is dismissed as inept and pretentious.

Their friendship is tested.

Together, Simon and Henry endure tragedy and celebration, life and death. Henry Fool changes everyone’s life in this small and normal suburban community and, in the end, vanishes in the same furious and mysterious way he entered it; perfectly honest, totally outrageous, and in really big trouble.