Chronicling the life of Corinne Walker, Vera Farmiga's directorial debut 'Higher Ground' is a story of one woman's struggle with faith. The film begins showing Corinne Walker as a child; we see how she marries extremely young and after a bus accident, which miraculously spares the lives of them and their baby, the two join a very close-knit community of Christians. Time passes but as certain events unfold around Corinne, her faith begins to come into question. Higher Ground is well crafted film that simply relies too heavily on expositional dialogue to relay the indecision which slowly begins to plague Corinne. The film lacks great nuance, with lots of dramatic situations coming off as melodramatic and even in a few instances they feel staged and manipulative, only there for the sake of moving the story forward. Those instances permitting, the film does have moments of strong visual storytelling with a few well executed sequences that even use some surrealist-type devices to relay the emotion and feeling of Corinne. Issues aside, Vera Farmiga does a nice job in the role, and while some of the dramatic situations at times feel manufactured, her performance does not. Higher Ground is a decent film exploring faith, which walks the line between manipulative and genuine throughout its running time.
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