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Act of God (I) (2009)

 -  Documentary  -  June 2009 (USA)
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A look at the metaphysical effects of being struck by lightning.

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A look at the metaphysical effects of being struck by lightning.

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"Lightning Is Striking Again (and again,and again,and again)"
9 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

No...This is not a documentary about Lou Christie (a pop singer from the 1960's),but a rather humdrum expose about some folk who were struck by a bolt of lightning,and survived to tell their tale (at least,most of them survived). We see some fairly impressive footage of violent thunderstorms,with vivid flashes of lightning (although nothing we haven't seen on the Weather Channel several times over already),with testimonies by the likes of novelist,Paul Auster,and others who have been through it,with some unrelated footage of experimental/noise guitarist,Fred Frith playing some real nice improvisational guitar music,while he is being a test subject for brain wave study in London (easily the film's best moments). We also get insights on the spiritual/religious take on being struck by lightning by persons in France,Cuba & Mexico. Does any of this back up their claim that lightning is sent by (their)God as some sort of test? That's up to you to decide. Jennifer Baichwal,who directed the superb 'Manufactured Landscapes',half heartedly directs this mishmash of a "by the numbers" account on lightning & it's effects on the human condition. I only wish that Baichwal had focused her lens on Fred Frith & directed a documentary on his guitar techniques,instead. Spoken in English,and French & Spanish with English subtitles. Not rated by the MPAA,this film serves up a rude word,or two.


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