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Higher Ground

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Moving drama about faith and doubt dares to be smart.

Movie R 2011 109 minutes
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Farmgia is enormously talented, both as a director and an actress, and her Corinne is bedazzling; anytime she's onscreen, she owns it. Her expressions are never boring, often unexpected, and as authentic as you can get in a movie. Her vision as a director is impressive, too: She doesn't go for shortcuts, doesn't push one agenda over another, and seems genuinely interested in crafting a movie that asks bold questions -- and boldly attempts to make sense of them. Stereotypes are shaken, faith is embraced (without irony), and a woman struggles to balance her steadfast belief in God with her burgeoning skepticism.

The movie -- which was based on a memoir by Carolyn Briggs -- even has loads to say about female friendships and what makes some tick. Though some key scenes feel a little overcooked -- one or two of the prayer meetings border on caricature -- they are few and far between. HIGHER GROUND often takes the titular higher ground, and the movie is the better for it.

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