The elder Magus of the Thelemic Temple of Horus has passed away. Jack Mason, a promising young sex magickian cultivated to advance the lineage, loses his status when the elder Magus' biological son inherits The Order through fraudulent means. Jack plots revenge and falls into a delirious maze of underworld encounters with professional psychopaths, desert brujas, and a twist of fate he never saw coming. Or did he? Meanwhile, Jack assigns his two hot-headed apprentices the ego-corrosive ritual of going into business as clowns who perform the classic tale of "Jack and the Beanstalk" for kids. Is To Dream of Falling Upwards an esoteric magical ritual disguised as a zany occult vengeance tale? (Only the Babes in the Abyss know for sure.)
DISCLAIMER: Any similarities or likenesses with actual events, persons or organizations in this film are purely coincidental and not to be confused for synchronicity or any type of ill will towards any real life person, company or magickal order.
The complex, expertly constructed story involves a struggle for succession, a murder, and a demonic possession. The twists of the story kept me glued to the screen through several viewings... Absolutely riveting... The cinematography is gorgeous... A stellar cast... Entertaining and funny... The film's great depth and power will keep you thinking for a very long time.
To Dream of Falling Upwards is Antero Alli's most accessible film to date, both visually, and narratively. If you want to go on a mystical journey tinged with Crowleyana, humour, intrigue, and Carlos Castaneda, but don't want the usual Kenneth Anger rip-offs, this film will serve you extremely well.
It's not to be missed. This is a work of art and magic. I can't do it justice, but strongly recommend it. Word to the wise: avoid thinking that any of it is commentary on existing Orders of Thelemites. The Thelemic material is just the context, and it's really about the characters and their deep flaws, and how these develop and change in the context of magical practice.
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