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Actress Vera Farmiga makes her feature directorial debut with this adaptation of Carolyn S. Briggs' autobiography, This Dark World: A Memoir of Salvation Found and Lost. Haunted by a low sense of self-worth ever since her childhood in the 1960s, Corrine finds her happy family falling apart by the time she reaches high school, and seeks comfort in the arms of talented young guitarist Ethan. Later compelled to join a tight-knit fundamentalist community that offers both security and spiritual nourishment, Corrine and Ethan discover a sense of peace that ultimately proves short-lived once the more conservative tenets of the congregation start to take priority. Her illusions of the ideal faith-based community shattered, Corrine begins to question her entire belief system as her life starts to unravel once again. Joshua Leonard and John Hawkes co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:August 26, 2011


Joshua Leonard
as Ethan Miller
Norbert Leo Butz
as Pastor Bill
Michael Chernus
as Ned
Vera Farmiga
as Corinne Walker
Donna Murphy
as Kathleen Walker
John Hawkes
as CW Walker
Jillian Lindig
as Mrs. Tuttle
Bill Irwin
as Pastor Bud
Taissa Farmiga
as Teenage Corinne Walker
Warren Haynes
as Warren
Dagmara Dominczyk
as Annika
Ebon Moss-Bachrach
as Luke
Nina Arianda
as Wendy Walker
Jack Gilpin
as Dr. Adams
Oliver Wood
as Oliver
Sean Mahon
as Liam
Terry McKenna
as Pawn Shop Worker
Deborah Hedwall
as Faye


Vera Farmiga
Carly Hugo
Tim Metcalfe
Michael McDonough
Alec Puro
Composer (Music Score)
Colleen Sharp
Sharon Lomofsky
Production Designer
Tim Metcalfe
Executive Producer
James Demer
Sound Mixer
Kerry Barden
Casting Director
Paul Schnee
Casting Director