Down to the Bone, The Departed, Up in the Air) plays Corinne, a young wife and mother whose journey of self-discovery throws a tight-knit community off-kilter. Growing up a teenage misfit in the 1960s, young Corinne (played by Farmiga's sister Taissa) settles down early with her high school sweetheart, local band guitarist Ethan. When the new family is saved from a near-tragedy, Corinne and Ethan discover and incorporate a new sense of spirituality into their lives. However, over the next 20 years, small injustices accumulate and chip away at Corinne's certainty. Higher Ground depicts one woman's transitioning belief system over a lifetime, and how a crisis of faith can come about in the absence of any single crisis at all.
Farmiga's patient filmmaking imbues her epic story with a contemplative introspection, making her directorial debut a personal study on the nature of doubt—whether it's of religion, leadership, or self. Cementing her as a bold new directing talent, Farmiga's adaption of Carolyn S. Briggs' memoir This Dark World is an authentic and resonant rumination on 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.
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VERA FARMIGA is an award-winning actress who most recently starred in Jason Reitman's Up in the Air, for which she has received nominations for an Oscar® and Golden Globe. She has starred in Source Code, Orphan, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Nothing But the Truth, Down to the Bone, and The Departed among others.
Carolyn S. Briggs, Tim Metcalfe
Jonathan Burkhart, Brice Dal Farra, Lauren Munsch
Claude Dal Farra, Renn Hawkey, Carly Hugo, Jon Rubinstein, Matt Parker
Vera Farmiga, John Hawkes, Donna Murphy, Dagmara Dominczyk, Joshua Leonard, Norbert Leo Butz
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