Sunday, October 16, 2011
THE SIZE OF GOD'S PENIS
Actor Vera Farmiga's directorial debut "Higher Ground" centers on the existential crisis of a young evangelical mother set during the 1970's Jesus freak movement. Don't be too surprised if the film should also appeal to I SEE PENIS fans. The main character's best friend (and fellow parishioner) Anika executes a daily drawing of her husband's erection (which she dubs 'Shamu', for its hefty girth) to spice up their sex life. Implausibly, the couple decorates an entire guest bedroom in their house with Anika's erotic drawings-- odd enough for a movie that takes an honest and sympathetic look at Evangelical spirituality. The music score alone brought back a lot of memories for me, not all of them unpleasant. Fans of Miranda July, hipsters with an evangelical past, and anyone reasonable and mature enough to watch a film sympathetic to conservative Christianity should find the film enjoyable.
If you'd like to know more about Farmiga's thoughts on Evangelical Christianity, orgies, goat enthusiasts and the size of God's penis, check out a recent interview she did for a local Chicago newsblog HERE.