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Act of God (2009)

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

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Paul Auster ...
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Fred Frith ...
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Chris Frith ...
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James O'Reilly ...
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Jean Ivens ...
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Alex Hermant ...
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Dalila Hermant ...
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Dannion Brinkley ...
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Juan González Hernández ...
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Maria de los Angeles Peredo ...
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Maria Salomé Pérez Morales ...
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Nancy González ...
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The metaphysical aspects of being hit by lightning are presented, with accounts given both by lightning strike survivors and those whose culture believes that lightning strikes are indeed something of a higher power based on specific incidents. Six different stories are told. A man talks about the lightning strike about thirty years ago that almost killed him and did kill one of his friends, they who, among others, were working in a forested area of an Ontario farm that day. A storm chaser talks about the museum in France he created devoted to the effects of lighting on the landscape, the museum located in a region often hit by lightning storms. He also talks about his lifelong and changed fascination with the subject, including why he no longer allows his image to be used in association. A man, who was struck by lightning through a telephone line, talks about changing from a destructive person to one embracing the human experience, having created a volunteer palliative care ... Written by Huggo

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Meditations on life and chance

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June 2009 (USA)  »

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$522 (USA) (31 July 2009)

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$9,907 (USA) (13 November 2009)
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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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