Higher Ground (Blu-ray + DVD Combo)

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Studio Sony
SKU 225952254
UPC 043396392168
UPC 14 00043396392168
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 1/10/2012
Rating Rating
Editors Note
Note 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.
Los Angeles Times "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." 08/26/2011
USA Today "As a director, Farmiga avoids stereotypical portrayals and preachiness in this deeply felt narrative of a rural New York religious community." 08/26/2011
New York Times "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." 08/26/2011
Movieline "Farmiga closes in on moments that express mood and character so lightly and perceptively that you don't notice them..." 08/25/2011
Chicago Sun-Times 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." 08/31/2011
Rolling Stone 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." 09/15/2011
Entertainment Weekly "HIGHER GROUND breaks crucial, sacred ground in American moviemaking." -- Grade: B 09/02/2011
John Hawkes
Donna Murphy
Vera Farmiga
Joshua Leonard
Cast & Crew
John Hawkes - Star
Donna Murphy - Star
Vera Farmiga - Star
Joshua Leonard - Star
McKenzie Turner - Star
Norbert Leo Butz - Star
Michael Chernus - Star
Amy Helm - Co-Star
Taylor Schwencke - Co-Star
Natalie Thomas - Co-Star
Nina Arianda - Co-Star
Boyd Holbrook - Co-Star
Ebon Moss-Bachrach - Co-Star
Sean Mahon - Co-Star
Terry McKenna - Co-Star
Jillian Lindig - Co-Star
Tim Metcalfe - Screenwriter
Matthew Dubas - Co-Star
Alden Rosakranse - Co-Star
Taissa Farmiga - Co-Star
James Noon - Co-Star
Kaitlyn Rae King - Co-Star
Brandon Boyer - Co-Star
Harrison Basch - Co-Star
Noah Bowman - Co-Star
Booker James Winter - Co-Star
Luella Roche - Co-Star
Sarah Banks - Co-Star
Barbara Tuttle - Co-Star
Molly Hawkey - Co-Star
Frank Goodyear - Co-Star
Reagan Leonard - Co-Star
Charles Glaser - Co-Star
Lucy Owen - Co-Star
Joseph Sinagra - Co-Star
Sarah Little - Co-Star
Zoe Pipa - Co-Star
Mathew Biltonen - Co-Star
Sonia T. Gittens - Co-Star
Eli Rubinstein - Co-Star
Machan Taylor - Co-Star
Jorgen Jorgenson - Co-Star
Tom Cherwin - Co-Star
Laurel S. Andretta - Co-Star
Karen Keefe - Co-Star
Warren Haynes - Co-Star
Dagmara Dominczyk - Co-Star
Deborah Hedwall - Co-Star
Bill Irwin - Co-Star
Oliver Wood - Co-Star
Michael McDonough - Director of Photography
Robert Hein - Sound Re-Recording
Alec Puro - Composer
Carolyn S. Briggs - Screenwriter
Carolyn S. Briggs - Source Writer
Ashley Fox - Hairstylist
Ashley Fox - Makeup Designer
Jack Gilpin - Co-Star
Vera Farmiga - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2011
UPC 00043396392168
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 112 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource NPR
Review What follows is something rarely seen in American movies: a sincerely humane examination of what it means to experience a crisis of faith. Tender, bittersweet and often gently comedic, Corinne's 20-year journey toward (and around, and away from) her God has a loose, searching rhythm that's engrossingly unpredictable.
Reviewer Jeannette Catsoulis
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Dolby Digital (5.1), Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Widescreen, English, French
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
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