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


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Paul Auster ... Himself
Fred Frith ... Himself
Chris Frith ... Himself
James O'Reilly ... Himself
Jean Ivens ... Herself
Alex Hermant ... Himself
Dalila Hermant ... Herself (voice)
Dannion Brinkley ... Himself
Juan González Hernández ... Himself
Maria de los Angeles Peredo ... Herself
Maria Salomé Pérez Morales ... Herself
Nancy González ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jennifer Baichwal ... Herself (uncredited)

Directed by
Jennifer Baichwal 
Produced by
Jennifer Baichwal .... producer
Nick de Pencier .... producer
Daniel Iron .... 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
Margaret Hutz .... digital imaging technician (as Margaret Mansell)
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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75 min
Color | Black And White (surveillance footage)
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Canada:G (British Columbia/Quebec) | Canada:PG (Ontario)
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Boring bolts, 17 June 2009
Author: paul2001sw-1 ( from Saffron Walden, UK

'Act of God' is a film about lightning. There are stories, some miraculous, others tragic, of people who have been struck by it; various people interested in it, or more generally, in the effects of electricity on the human brain, tell us why; and there is also some footage of storms. But there's no science, and no structure either; and the choice of material never seems other than random, the selection is too broad to make the film seem personal, but too sketchy to make the film definitive. The director is clearly in awe of in his subject, but ultimately doesn't appear to have very much to tell us about it, although getting hit by a bolt is clearly a bad idea. In truth, as a viewer, I was bored.

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