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High Life

  • Starring: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, Mia Goth
  • Director: Claire Denis
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Sci-Fi, Drama, Mystery, Horror
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 110 min.

Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to deep space. The crew—death-row inmates led by a doctor (Juliette Binoche) with sinister motives—has vanished. As the mystery of what happened onboard the ship is unraveled, father and daughter must rely on each other to survive as they hurtle toward the oblivion of a black hole.

"What Denis’ film is concerned with is the visceral bodily experience and the claustrophobia of living in the middle of the infinite. If outer space is a cold and vast external of nothingness, then there is also an interior space of bodies, living, writhing, and fluid. "
- Christopher Machell, CineVue
"The crew’s suffering is bleak and oppressive, but Denis invites us to witness it so that we truly understand the power of Monte’s conviction in his improvised mission...and Denis is so emotionally in tune with what that might feel like it becomes overwhelming. "
- Josh Lewis, The Film Stage
"By twisting around preconceptions of what an outer-space epic should be, French auteur Claire Denis returns to the fertile ground of her Trouble Every Day era, using genre to dig beneath themes that others would only treat as skin-deep. "
- Barry Hertz, Globe and Mail
"The film asks down-and-dirty questions about what really resides beneath thousands of years of human progress, a savage and haunting antidote to the high-minded idealism of movies like Christopher Nolan's Interstellar and Ridley Scott's The Martian. "
- Steve Macfarlane, Slant
"High Life can be brutal and breathtakingly perverse as only a Denis film can be. But perhaps even more disturbingly, that brutality is undergirded by real warmth and tenderness."
- Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
"High Life is a pensive and profound study of human life on the brink of the apocalypse."
- David Ehrlich, indieWire
"The director's ardent fans will likely find much to admire here - especially the fact that the 72-year-old Denis remains a fearless filmmaker who, in her own way, has gone this time where no man (or woman) has gone before."
- Jordan Mintzer Hollywood Reporter


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