Documentary, directed by Manuela Morgaine, France, 2013.
A film divided into two parts, a legend intertwining with a documentary across four seasons. This portrait unfolds like a cinematic kaleidoscope, zigzagging like the branching of lightning bolts. The narrative is set in different countries around the world and spans various centuries, simultaneously presented in both documentary and legendary forms. In the autumn segment, a lightning hunter races forth, embodying the Syrian lightning god, Baal. With visionary insight, Baal projects 25 years' worth of video archives onto lightning, unveiling the scientific keys to this remarkable yet devastating phenomenon. In winter, an exploration of melancholy, the final stage of depression, and how it can be overcome takes place. A psychiatrist personifies the enigmatic god Saturn, journeying from Africa to Syria to trace back to his origins and certain ancestral practices. Among these is a ritual practiced by women in the depths of Guinea Bissau, spinning dervishes, and a catfish that holds the secret of healing in the ancient city of Aleppo.
Running for nearly four hours, this documentary undoubtedly stands among the most original ever made, delivering an exceptional audiovisual experience that merges documentary and myth. For those who wish to rediscover, even symbolically, lost energies, watching this film divided into four parts is imperative. One of the most rare and magnificent cinematic creations. A film that truly shakes to the core and, after viewing, necessitates a thorough analysis of the experience.
SUBTITLES: English, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese