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Higher Ground, Movie

Higher Ground 2011

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Actress Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air) makes her directorial debut with this coming-of-age drama, set in the '60s within a tight-knit religious community. More

Getting hitched and having a child at 18, Corinne's (Farmiga) adult life has been filled with hours of Bible study and preparation for the oncoming Rapture. But when her marriage deconstructs, Corinne brings her faith into question, a move that shakes her deeply spiritual community.

Based on the memoir of co-writer Carolyn S. Briggs, also starring John Hawkes (Contagion) and Donna Murphy (Tangled). Hide

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81% of critics recommend

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A.V Club

A shapeless collection of tonally diverse moments strung together with little organizing principle beyond the protagonist's identity struggles. Full review.

Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)

Sometimes it slips too easily into satire, but at least it's nuanced satire based on true believers who are basically nice and good people. Full review.

Hollywood Reporter

Deft, graceful and often poignant. Full review.

Los Angeles Times

The same intelligence, wit and mature spirit that actress Vera Farmiga brings to her performances is richly apparent in her directorial debut as well. Full review.

New York Magazine

The movie is flushed with hope, wonder, heartbreak. Full review.

New Yorker

Quite an achievement, given Hollywood's woeful record in the dramatizing of faith. Full review.

Rolling Stone (USA)

Farmiga expertly guides a large and gifted ensemble cast and proves as fearless a director as she is an actress. Full review.


As director, Farmiga is a strong believer in cinematic democracy, allowing the other actors to seize the center of the action and the frame. Full review.