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

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Act Of God Trailer
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Directed by
Jennifer Baichwal 
 
Produced by
Jennifer Baichwal .... producer
Daniel Iron .... producer
Nick de Pencier .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Nick de Pencier 
 
Film Editing by
Roland Schlimme 
 
Sound Department
Paul Capuano .... consultant: dolby sound
Joe Morrow .... sound re-recording assistant
David Rose .... supervising sound editor
 
Editorial Department
Frank Biasi .... digital intermediate editor
Louis Casado .... color timer
Patrick Duchesne .... digital intermediate producer
David McGroarty .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Yvonne Bayer .... production accountant
Stephanie Herzog .... office production assistant
Elizabeth Klinck .... visual researcher
Delphine Roussel .... production coordinator
 

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Canada:G (British Columbia/Quebec) | Canada:PG (Ontario)
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"Lightning Is Striking Again (and again,and again,and again)", 9 January 2010
Author: druid333-2 from United States

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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