Charting one woman’s spiritual journey through life while exploring and embracing her own humanity, Higher Ground is that rare film that is rich in ideas but also charged with emotion.
As a child growing up in the 1960s, Corrine’s defining feature is her sense of inadequacy. When she reaches high school, her home life begins to unravel, driving her into the arms of Ethan, a guitarist in a local band. An event propels them to join a small fundamentalist community where they find meaning and stability. But some of its more conservative tenets leave Corinne unsettled, driving her into a profound crisis of faith that turns her world upside down.
Vera Farmiga gives yet another richly nuanced performance, but this time she unleashes her equally formidable talent behind the camera as well. She tackles complex issues with sophistication and graceful insight, crafting a moving story about the transformative powers of faith and doubt. –Sundance Film Festival
An Oscar-nominated and award-winning actress, Vera Farmiga makes her directorial debut with Higher Ground. She recently starred in Up in the Air, for which she received Academy Award, BAFTA, SAG, and Golden Globe nominations. Her acting credits include The Departed, Orphan, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, the upcoming Source Code and Henry’s Crime, and Down to the Bone, for which she received a Special Jury Prize for acting at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and an Independent Spirit Award nomination. –Sundance
The final scene knocked me dead - still have tears in my eyes. I thought this was overall a very powerful debut for Farmiga but it also serves as a strong reminder of just how gifted an actress she is.
As a man of faith I always appreciate films that try to deal realistically with the issue......this one falls into the same trap as so many others....it presents those of faith as somehow unintelligent, uptight and backwards..in other words it reinforces stereotypes. I know many people of faith who are well educated and appreciate art and literature. I give it two stars for Farmiga's engrossing performance.
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