Act of God | Chicago Reader

Act of God

"It is sad but beautiful," declares the mother of a child killed by a lightning bolt before her eyes while he prayed at the foot of a large cross on a Mexican mountaintop. It's just one of many responses to the survival of a lightning strike captured in this amorphous but compact (75 minutes) and engaging 2009 film from Canadian documentarian Jennifer Baichwal (Manufactured Landscapes). Some survivors--like novelist Paul Auster, who in adolescence saw a fellow camper blown away--come away persuaded of the randomness of the universe; others, like veterans advocate and New Age guru Dannion Brinkley, have a spiritual awakening. It's not clear why art-rock guitarist Fred Frith spends so much time on-screen given that he hasn't been hit, but he does contribute a pleasing, abstract score.


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