Higher Ground

Sunday, September 25 th, 2016 at 00:09 am 

Higher Ground

JOY REVIEW

Higher Ground is being touted as Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut. She was a terrific actress in Up in The Air and is in this one as well. As a director… well let’s just say I’m glad she’s a good actress. It has got a great cast, with Donna Murphy in it, John Hawkes, Norbert Leo Butz, and Bill Irwin.  The story is based on a memoir called This Dark World, which talks about a tight knit, kind of evangelical community that is thrown a bit off kilter when one of their members decides to question what is going on. That sounds like there’s sort of a cohesive narrative. Lamentably, for the movie, there is not. I’m not sure what the point was of the entire movie, which is a real problem. Lots of good people, some good performances, but no coherent plot or real reason to see this movie, which is surprising with an important subject matter about how the evangelical right encourages people to not think about some things that sooner or later may creep up in life and ends up confusing people when they’re dealing with their own emotions. I will give it one star.

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