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At Middleton (2013)
Director: Adam Rodgers
Starring: Andy Garcia, Vera Farmiga, Taissa Farmiga, Spencer Lofranco and Tom Skerritt
Though adversaries at first, romantic sparks begin to fly between a surgeon and a retailer during a college admissions tour with their teenage offspring.
Director: Mark Herman
Based on the novel by John Boyne
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend, Amber Beattie, Richard Johnson, Sheila Hancock, David Hayman and Jim Norton
A fictional story that offers a unique perspective on how prejudice, hatred and violence affect innocent people, particularly children, during wartime.
Through the lens of an eight-year-old boy largely shielded from the reality of World War II, we witness a forbidden friendship that forms between Bruno, the son of Nazi commandant, and Schmuel, a Jewish boy held captive in a concentration camp. Though the two are separated physically by a barbed wire fence, their lives become inescapably intertwined.
The Conjuring (2013)
Director: James Wan
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston
Based on true events, this spine-chiller tells the story of a New England family who begins having encounters with spirits in their farmhouse, and the paranormal experts who help them do battle with the supernatural forces.
The Conjuring 2 (2016)
Director: James Wan
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Madison Wolfe, Frances O'Connor, Simon McBurney, Franka Potente, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Simon Delaney, Lauren Esposito, Patrick McAuley and Benjamin Haigh
In 1977, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren come out of a self-imposed sabbatical to travel to Enfield in north London. There they meet Peggy Hodgson, an overwhelmed single mother of four, who tells the couple that something evil is in her home. Ed and Lorraine believe her story when the youngest daughter starts to show signs of demonic possession. As the Warrens try to help the besieged girl, they become the next target of the malicious spirits.
A Heavenly Vintage (2009)
Director: Niki Caro
Starring: Jérémie Renier, Vera Farmiga, Gaspard Ulliel, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Vania Vilers, Eric Godon, Patrice Valota, Jean-Louis Sbille and Lizzie Brocheré
The tale of Sobran Jodeau, an ambitious young peasant winemaker and the three loves of his life: his beautiful wife Celeste, the proudly intellectual baroness Aurora de Valday and Xas, an angel who strikes up an unlikely but enduring friendship with him.
Under Xas' guidance, Sobran is forced to fathom the nature of love and belief and in the process grapples with the sensual, the sacred and the profane – in pursuit of the perfect vintage.
In Tranzit (2008)
Director: Tom Roberts
Starring: Thomas Kretschmann, Vera Farmiga, Daniel Brühl, John Malkovich, Nathalie Press, Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė, Thekla Reuten,
Yevgeni Mironov, Beverly Hotsprings, Brian Kane and John Lynch
Following World War II, German POWs mistakenly wind up in a female-run Soviet camp, where the guards use all means at their disposal to weed out the S.S. officers.
The Judge (2014)
Director: David Dobkin
Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard, and Billy Bob Thornton
Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town's judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
Director: Jonathan Demme
Starring: Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, Kimberly Elise, Jeffrey Wright, Vera Farmiga and Ted Levine
In the midst of the Gulf War, soldiers are kidnapped and brainwashed for sinister purposes.
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman, C. C. H. Pounder, Jimmy Bennett, Aryana Engineer, Margo Martindale, Karel Roden, Rosemary Dunsmore, Genelle Williams, Lorry Ayers, Brendan Wall, Jamie Young, Landon Norris and Mustafa Abdelkarim
A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a nine year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be.
Return to Paradise (1998)
Director: Joseph Ruben
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Joaquin Phoenix, David Conrad, Vera Farmiga, Nick Sandow and Jada Pinkett Smith
Three friends share an exciting vacation in Malaysia, full of fun, drinks, women and hash. When the vacation is over, they all go their separate ways. One of the men, Lewis McBride, decides to remain on the tropical paradise to fulfill a dream of working with apes for research.
Two years later, a lawyer goes to New York to track down the other two friends and gives them some sad news. A few days after they left the island, police raided their camp and found large quantities of hash. McBride was still residing there, so he had to take the blame. He is set to be executed in 8 days and the only way the death penalty can be reduced is if the two friends agree to return to Malaysia and take their share of the responsibilty. If they do, then all three men will each spend three years in prison. If only one man returns, then he and McBride will each spend six years behind bars.
Up in the Air (2009)
Director: Jason Reitman
Starring: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Melanie Lynskey, J. K. Simmons, Zach Galifianakis and Sam Elliott
Ryan Bingham's job is to fire people from theirs. The anguish, hostility, and despair of his "clients" has left him falsely compassionate, living out of a suitcase, and loving every second of it. When his boss hires arrogant young Natalie, she develops a method of video conferencing that will allow termination without ever leaving the office - essentially threatening the existence Ryan so cherishes. Determined to show the naive girl the error of her logic, Ryan takes her on one of his cross country firing expeditions, but as she starts to realize the disheartening realities of her profession, he begins to see the downfalls to his way of life.
Bates Motel (2013)
Director: Tucker Gates
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Nicola Peltz, Olivia Cook and Ian Hart
A modern re-imagining and prequel to the movie Psycho. This story begins with the earlier years of a teenage Norman Bates and his mother Norma, who live in an old house overlooking the adjoining motel which they are renovating. The house and hotel both come with secrets of their own as does the new town which the Bates' now call home.
A list of the films that I have so far seen starring American actress Vera Farmiga.
Listed in alphabetical order.
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