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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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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

The film debut of Taissa Farmiga. Her sister Vera, who directed the film, cast her despite having no previous ambition to start acting. See more »

Goofs

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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My Hope Is Built
Written by Edward Mote and William Batchelder Bradbury
Arranged by Alec Puro
Performed by Joshua Leonard and Mike Perreault
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Farmiga owns it
21 July 2013 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

Catching up on Vera Farmiga's work is my current goal, and seeing as how she directed this one I felt more obligated to see it at this time. She's captivating and heart-breaking, infusing her subtle charm and many nuances to great effect. I don't think the film is all that great, particularly because I see quite a few holes in some of the character relationships and some of the writing arcs, but it's serviceable and Farmiga's directing reminds me somewhat of Sarah Polley's. I do think Farmiga is quite easily the best thing about it, both her directing and acting and for that it's worth a watch. Her younger sister also shows some acting talent.


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