Higher Ground 3.0 stars

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Corinne (Vera Farmiga) desires total submission to Jesus Christ. She also wants loving support, adult discussion, and a vent for her talent as a thoughtful speaker. As director, Farmiga never caricatures fundamentalism and never pegs the main males as dim fools, just patriarchal and defensive. Corinne seeing bestial spirits feels Freudian, but Farmiga finds the shaded ambiguities in the midst of stark, judgmental ideas. The story is about searchers, not blowhards. With John Hawkes, Bill Irwin, Joshua Leonard, Dagmara Dominczyk. 2011.

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