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Rated R · 109 minutes · 2011
The versatile actress Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Departed) was raised by Ukrainian Orthodox parents who eventually expanded the family's religious observance to include other Christian fellowships, including Pentecostalism. This gives her a valuable perspective as star and director of this thoughtful drama, adapted from Carolyn S. Briggs's memoir This Dark World, about life in a Christian fringe community. Farmiga plays a devoted Christian who follows her hippie husband into a fundamentalist cult; though she makes a valiant effort to support him, she soon begins butting heads with their fellow congregants over issues of sexuality and gender equality. The movie, to its credit, recognizes that the quest for spirituality sometimes leads to another pew.
Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/higherground
Director: Vera Farmiga
Producer: Jonathan Burkhart, Brice Dal Farra and Lauren Munsch
Cast: Vera Farmiga, Joshua Leonard, John Hawkes, Dagmara Dominczyk, Norbert Leo Butz, Donna Murphy, Bill Irwin, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Nina Arianda, Boyd Holbrook, Michael Chernus and Taissa Farmiga

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