Higher Ground

Higher Ground

Higher Ground

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.

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).

2011Rating: M, contains offensive language and sexual references120 minsUSA
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Vulture

Vulture

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The movie is flushed with hope, wonder, heartbreak.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

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

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

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

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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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.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Deft, graceful and often poignant.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

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

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Vulture

Vulture

press

The movie is flushed with hope, wonder, heartbreak.

0
Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

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

0
The New Yorker

The New Yorker

press

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

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

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

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Deft, graceful and often poignant.

0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

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

0

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