Higher Ground

Release August 26, 2011 (Limited)
Cast Vera Farmiga, Donna Murphy, Dagmara Dominczyk, John Hawkes, Nina Arianda
Director Vera Farmiga
Writer Carolyn Briggs, Tim Metcalfe
Genres Drama
Studio Sony Pictures Classics
Length 109 mins.

Synopsis

Carolyn Briggs grew up with modest means in the Iowa heartland. Pregnant at seventeen, married a few months later, by the age of eighteen she found herself living in a trailer with no plans beyond having more babies-until she found Jesus. It began innocently enough-a few minutes lingering on the televangelist stations, a cursory look at the Bible-and soon she had wholly given herself over to a radical, apocalyptic New Testament church. Her daily life was permeated with a sense of the divine-she spent hours a day in prayer and Bible study, wore modest clothing, even braced herself for the Rapture every time she heard trumpet music over the supermarket loudspeaker. It was only when her marriage began to unravel that Carolyn dared to question the religious dogma she had embraced for all of her adult life to date.

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