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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 »

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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 »

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Vera Farmiga has blue eyes. Taissa Farmiga, the younger sister of Vera who plays the younger version of her in the movie, has brown eyes. See more »

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So good I wish I could recommend it at church
17 September 2011 | by ttomenySee all my reviews

Congratulations to Ms. Farmiga on such an excellent debut as a director.

As a completely involved in church evangelical Christian, it was exciting to see major elements of my lifestyle portrayed accurately on screen for a change. This film takes a kind and thoughtful middle road, not portraying the Christian life at extremes as it so often is- both negatively in many mainstream films and over the top positive in Christian films.

I wish I could send an email to all my church friends telling them to go see this film. But, as the film intimates, there are social and cultural taboos present within Christian churches. Some of the dialog and a few of the images would be so offensive to a small minority of my Christian friends that I would not dare to broadcast a recommendation but rather discreetly recommend it to those who would not be offended.

And a sizable segment of the really committed Christian population does not attend (at least in public) any R rated movie. This movie looks like it could have easily been brought to the screen as a PG-13 and reached a much wider audience.

And I hope this can reach as wide an audience as possible both for its portrayal of the Christian lifestyle and so we get to see more films from Vera Farmiga.


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