Higher Ground

Higher Ground
Higher Ground
  • R
  • 1h 52m
  • 2011
Certified Fresh81%
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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 Carolyn S. Briggs’ memoir, “This Dark World” , the film tells the story of a thoughtful woman’s struggles with belief, love and trust. A woman who learns that no matter how many times she loses her footing, she has within herself all that’s necessary to get to a higher place.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh81%
Critics Consensus: With Higher Ground, star and debuting director Vera Farmiga takes viewers on a challenging spiritual journey whose missteps are easily overcome by its many rich rewards.
Globe and Mail
Rick Groen

The film's quiet realism demands from us our own act of faith: We're asked to watch closely and to...

June 22, 2017
Toronto Star
Peter Howell

Farmiga's first film is good enough to make us look forward to her next one.

March 4, 2019
Washington Post
Michael O'Sullivan

The film is refreshingly free of proselytizing. In its place, however, is a whiff of condescension...

June 22, 2017
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Calvin Wilson

This film might easily have settled for mocking religion. Instead, it's a fascinating glimpse into...

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Moving drama about faith and doubt dares to be smart.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this affecting, complex drama depicts a faithful woman struggling to reconcile her doubts with her religious beliefs. It's a bracingly honest portrayal that doesn't buy into the typical stereotypes of either the pious or the questioning. The lead character starts her relationship with God in earnest as a teen mom; the road that leads her there is revealed straightforwardly: She's shown having premarital sex (though there's no nudity) and struggling to understand the adults around her, many of whom have lost their moorings themselves. These are heavy themes, which -- along with the movie's sexual content (in addition to teens having sex, characters also frankly discuss body parts and how to pleasure the opposite sex) and swearing -- makes it a better fit for older viewers.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:August 26, 2011
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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