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Pregnant, married, and awkward at eighteen years old, Carolyn Briggs grows more and more interested in Jesus, eventually giving herself over to a radical New Testament church. Amidst her community of self-described "Jesus Freaks," Carolyn's daily life consists of hours of Bible study, alternative family practices and bracing for the oncoming Rapture. It's only when her marriage begins to unravel that Carolyn dares to question the religious dogma she has embraced for her entire adult life.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 86
- Fresh: 70
- Rotten: 16
- Average Rating: 7.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The crucial thing about Higher Ground is that it takes at face value the faces, many bearded, almost all beatific, that the camera surveys -- quite an achievement, given Hollywood's woeful record in the dramatizing of faith.
Fresh: "Higher Ground" glides and takes time to explore. In the best way it feels very '70s: It's about a relatable lost soul finding herself.
Fresh: The movie is flushed with hope, wonder, heartbreak.
Rotten: "Higher Ground'' is a noble failure, a case of an artist loving a character so much that she loses sight of why.
Watch this movie
If you're religious, non-religious, atheist, agnostic, whatever---watch this movie.
It's relevatory, it's intriguing, it's great story-telling, it's everything independent cinema should be today.
Another side of America
A fascinating look into a woman's struggle to discover faith and meaning in the modern world. Farmiga shows that no matter what religion you subscribe to the search is universal--even in a wild 70s rock n roll Christian cult. Refreshingly thought provoking!
From a Christian View Point
I rented this movie thinking there was going to be something to chew on. There were a definatley a few things to chew on, but a lot of aggrivations along the way.
My first impression was that the actors in the movie (with the exception of Vera Farminga) were completely ungenuine in their acting. Hard to explain but it made me realise that there is no way you can "fake" faith or belief in Jesus. A lot of misquoted scripture and scripture taken out of context at times as well as good intentions of the faith (such as sexual satisfaction in a marriage) misrepresented. I kept having to remind myself that much of this could be realisistic. Afterall, this movie was was portrayed as taking place in the 70s and 80s and in a congregation of new converts, not necessarily mature in understanding scripture and or life yet. The Christian counsellor portrayed in this movie also made my stomach churn as did the notion that the Bible is the only education one needs. This was a really lousy portrayal of what the Christian faith is all about.
A typical film about a woman who chooses self is a higher priority than others and abandons her faith and family after being faced with trauma. In searching for "the feeling" of God, she unfortunatley never finds the faith or correct teaching to bring her back to a geinuine understanding of her faith.