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Higher Ground [Blu-ray]

  • R
  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Actress Vera Farmiga makes her feature directorial debut with this adaptation of Carolyn S. Briggs' autobiography, THIS DARK WORLD: A MEMOIR OF SALVATION FOUND AND LOST. Haunted by a low sense of self-worth ever since her childhood in the 1960s, Corrine finds her happy family falling apart by the time she reaches high school, and seeks comfort in the arms of talented young guitarist Ethan. Later compelled to join a tight-knit fundamentalist community that offers both security and spiritual nourishment, Corrine and Ethan discover a sense of peace that ultimately proves short-lived once the more conservative tenets of the congregation start to take priority. Her illusions of the ideal faith-based community shattered, Corrine begins to question her entire belief system as her life starts to unravel once again. Joshua Leonard and John Hawkes co-star.
  • Credits
    Joshua Leonard, Norbert, Leo Butz, Michael Chernus, Vera Farmiga, McKenzie Turner, Donna Murphy, John Hawkes
  • Critic Reviews
    "The same intelligence, wit and mature spirit that actress Vera Farmiga brings to her performances is richly apparent in her directorial debut as well, the inquisitive spiritual drama HIGHER GROUND."
    Los Angeles Times

    "As a director, Farmiga avoids stereotypical portrayals and preachiness in this deeply felt narrative of a rural New York religious community."
    USA Today

    "There is something remarkable -- you might even say miraculous -- about the way HIGHER GROUND makes it gentle, thoughtful way across the burned-over terrain of the American culture wars."
    New York Times

    "Farmiga closes in on moments that express mood and character so lightly and perceptively that you don't notice them..."

    3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Vera Farmiga's HIGHER GROUND is the life story of a woman who grows into, and out of, Christianity."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Farmiga crafts an honest portrait of spirituality in flux that most filmmaker shy away from....She lights up HIGHER GROUND and makes it funny touching vital."
    Rolling Stone

    "HIGHER GROUND breaks crucial, sacred ground in American moviemaking." -- Grade: B+
    Entertainment Weekly

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