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Higher Ground (2011)

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A chronicle of one woman's lifelong struggle with her faith.

Director:

Vera Farmiga

Writers:

Carolyn S. Briggs (screenplay), Tim Metcalfe (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joshua Leonard ... Ethan Miller
Norbert Leo Butz ... Pastor Bill
Michael Chernus ... Ned
Vera Farmiga ... Corinne Walker
McKenzie Turner McKenzie Turner ... Young Corrine Walker
Donna Murphy ... Kathleen Walker
John Hawkes ... CW Walker
Matthew Dubas Matthew Dubas ... Salesman
Taylor Schwencke Taylor Schwencke ... Young Wendy Walker
Jillian Lindig Jillian Lindig ... Mrs. Tuttle
Bill Irwin ... Pastor Bud
Alden Rosakranse Alden Rosakranse ... Tim
Taissa Farmiga ... Teenage Corinne Walker
James Noon James Noon ... Kirk
Kaitlyn Rae King Kaitlyn Rae King ... Teenage Wendy Walker
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Storyline

Vera Farmiga's directorial debut, HIGHER GROUND, depicts the landscape of a tight-knit spiritual community thrown off-kilter when one of their own begins to question her faith. Inspired by screenwriter Carolyn S. Briggs' memoir This Dark World, the film tells the story of a thoughtful woman's struggles with belief, love, and trust - in human relationships as well as in God. Written by Sony Pictures Classics

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language and sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 2012 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

This Dark World See more »

Filming Locations:

Kingston, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,495, 28 August 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$841,206, 1 January 2012
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Vera Farmiga's directorial debut. See more »

Goofs

At the therapist's office, the wall clock is clearly not working as the second hand is not moving. See more »


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It's All Up to You
Written by Ashley Bottorff
Performed by Renn Hawkey, John Riina and Mike Perreault
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A cathartic, ambiguous denouement...a passport to higher ground
13 May 2012 | by Lary9See all my reviews

Higher Ground is a story about an honest search for faith in a fearful, posturing world. It is an unpretentious film. It is also Vera Farmiga's directorial debut and it showcases her signature style. She displays astonishing depths, carrying roles with integrity and intelligence. I've always noted that she has an atypical screen glamor that grows in its unfurling. In fact, it's a special beauty but it fits a needed niche. If you have ever walked the path of faith, honestly questing, be prepared for a cathartic, ambiguous denouement that may take you to higher ground. I enthusiastically recommend this soft, sad but lovely journey by cinema.


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