You can count on one hand the number of American movies that take the question of religion seriously. Not the big themes like “Is there a God?,” but the more immediate question of how do you live your life in an honorable Christian way every single day, and what happens when you grow to genuinely question your faith? Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut, Higher Ground
, addresses these issues with a low-key intensity -- it strives for truth as much as the main character does.
Adapted from a memoir by Carolyn S. Briggs (she co-authored the screenplay with Tim Metcalfe), Higher Ground follows Corinne (Farmiga) during her quest, beginning at childhood...