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Higher Ground

Rated R 109 min. 2011



In this, the directing debut of Vera Farmiga and adapted from Carolyn S. Briggs' memoir, we first meet young Corinne, who lives on a small farm. Later, a teenage romance with an untalented musician leads to pregnancy and marriage. After a few unhappy years, the young family joins a community of Christian hippies, where they will spend more than a decade together. Taissa Farmiga, younger sister of Vera, is impressive as the teenage Corinne before Vera takes over the character as an adult. The film is notable for its uncondescending treatment of Christianity. As a director, Farmiga is sensitive to the subtleties of female relationships, but the film's narrative is sluggish and unsurprising. Still, the story will resonate with those who have struggled with faith and family.

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Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/higherground

Director: Vera Farmiga

Writer: Carolyn Briggs and Tim Metcalfe

Producer: Claude Dal Farra, Renn Hawkey, Carly Hugo, Matthew Parker and Jon Rubinstein

Cast: Donna Murphy, Vera Farmiga, John Hawkes, Dagmara Dominczyk, Bill Irwin, Joshua Leonard, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Norbert Leo Butz, Michael Chernus and Boyd Holbrook

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