A film by Vera Farmiga
Vera Farmiga directs and stars in this movie about a women’s journey of faith. The film is based on Carolyn S. Briggs’ memoir, This Dark World. She breaks the movie up into chapters, such as “Summons” and “Waiting for Dawn” that deal with different parts in her journey. Corinne grows up with a sister and parents that are in love but break up when they lose their third child. Corinne goes to church as a young girl and tries to make sense of religion and how she fits into the picture.
The film goes on and shows Corinne as a teenager finding love with a boy in a band called the Renegades. They marry at a young age after she becomes pregnant. The band travels and on one particular trip Corinne brings their young child along and they are in an accident. They crash into a lake and frantically search for their toddler that they had placed in a cooler. They find her and are convinced that God saved her. They join a fundamentalist sect and raise their family in the group. They have two more children. The group is very traditional and Corinne goes along with it until she starts to realize that maybe it’s not for her. The group is very strict about women doing any teaching. She tries to share what she has learned from the bible to the group and gets chastised for preaching. She also gets called out for wearing a dress (a maternity dress no less) that garners too much attention.
I think we can all relate to this film because religion or spirituality is in most of our lives in some shape or form. It can be a struggle to make your way and try and figure out what you would like to believe. I thought that Corinne was very brave to leave the group when she no longer believed what they did. It was all she had known and took courage to walk away from her family and friends. Farmiga did a great job with the flow of the movie and kept it moving along nicely. This film was a great start for Farmiga as director.
Lotus Wollschlager is the official Her Film movie reviewer. Find her bio on the Her Film Reviews page.