I have always liked Vera Farmiga, although I came late to her party, only noticing her riveting performance in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, planted in a love triangle between Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio. While I am always a bit indifferent to directorial debuts (I’ve sadly skipped debuts from Helen Hunt, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mark Ruffalo and many others) but I guess I’m always drawn to the question of when and why people turn to god/religion/spirituality. Even though this is most definitely a Sundance type of films (home to many an actor debuting as a director) the interesting supporting male cast – John Hawkes, Bill Irwin, and Joshua Leonard – along with an interesting lead performance by Ms. Farmiga (if you haven’t guessed yet, she also directed the film) are enough to make me keen on seeing Higher Ground – as long as there is no Red Hot Chilli Peppers on the soundtrack. I don’t expect it to be Todd Haynes’ Safe, but few films are…
A coming-of-age drama set against the backdrop of the Sixties, when feminism reached its zenith, the film depicts the landscape of a tight-knit spiritual community. Inspired by the resonant memoir from Carolyn Briggs (who also wrote the screenplay) the film is a study of one woman’s internal struggle with the primary love relationships in her life.
The trailer is tucked under the seat.
HIGHER GROUND – Trailer by dmagianet