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Act of God (2009)

TV-G | | Documentary | June 2009 (USA)
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Act of God is a movie starring Paul Auster, Fred Frith, and Chris Frith. A look at the metaphysical effects of being struck by lightning.







Complete credited cast:
... 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


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)  »

Also Known As:

Boski akt  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$522, 2 August 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,907, 15 November 2009
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1.78 : 1
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Boring bolts
17 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

'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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