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DP/30: Higher Ground, director/actor Vera Farmiga, actor Joshua Leonard

2 Responses to “DP/30: Higher Ground, director/actor Vera Farmiga, actor Joshua Leonard”

  1. Gus says:

    Drove 45 minutes to see this movie a few days ago and found it remarkable. Extremely insightful, adult, complex, and ambiguous take on what it is like to live a life of faith. Even rarer to see a film like this done without a mocking tone.

    People say independent film is dead, but there are films every year that remind me that there are always going to be filmmakers making pictures that are not afraid to appeal to people willing to think about what they’re seeing.

    This is a movie worth wrestling with, even though it’s not overly self-serious or belabored. Performances are terrific and a number of the bit players really nail their scenes – I’m especially thinking of the ‘McMuffin’ scene. Great work.

  2. Rob says:

    She’s an incredible talent, can’t wait to see this when it opens here Friday.

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“The evening’s curious vanity and irrelevance stay with me, if only because those qualities characterize so many of Hollywood’s best intentions. Social problems present themselves to many of these people in terms of a scenario, in which, once certain key scenes are licked (the confrontation on the courthouse steps, the revelation that the opposition leader has an anti-Semitic past, the presentation of the bill of participants to the President, a Henry Fonda cameo), the plot will proceed inexorably to an upbeat fade. Marlon Brando does not, in a well-plotted motion picture, picket San Quentin in vain: what we are talking about here is faith in a dramatic convention. Things “happen” in motion pictures. There is always a resolution, always a strong cause-effect dramatic line, and to perceive the world in those terms is to assume an ending for every social scenario… If the poor people march on Washington and camp out, there to receive bundles of clothes gathered on the Fox lot by Barbra Streisand, then some good must come of it (the script here has a great many dramatic staples, not the least of them in a sentimental notion of Washington as an open forum, cf. Mr. Deeds Goes to Washington), and doubts have no place in the story.”
~ Joan Didion On Hw’d In 1970

CAMPION: We were driving around the countryside the other day, and we happened to chance upon a lone bull and cow going through some sex rituals. I was so surprised to see how lengthy the whole process was for this bull. He started licking the cow’s shin and worked his way quite laboriously up toward her ass. And every now and again, you thought, “Maybe she’s ready now—he’ll try a quick move.”
TAYLOR-JOHNSON: She wasn’t ready.
CAMPION: She made it clear that that wasn’t the case. We couldn’t even wait; it was like 15 minutes, but it was really adorable. Even when we came back, they were still at it. The foreplay was phenomenal.
TAYLOR-JOHNSON: You don’t think of animal love in that way.
~ Jane Campion And Sam Taylor-Johnson in Interview

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