You could be forgiven for thinking that the great Claire Denis chose to
cash in on her immaculate artistic credibility and cater to box office
demand with this English-language science fiction film starring the
bona fide megastar Robert Pattinson. But you would be wrong. High
Life is as weird and wonderful a film as Claire Denis has made in
years, and while it is indeed a dystopian space tale, its core is the
messy human stuff that Denis has always been so good at examining:
the relationship between a father and his infant daughter, the complicated
allegiances formed by sexual attraction, the taboos that make
us human. Pattinson stars as Monte, a galactic vagabond floating in a
space ship alone with his daughter, years after he and several death
row inmates were allowed to save their lives by agreeing to embark
on a one-way exploratory mission into a distant galaxy. A fragmentary
flashback structure reveals the conflicts, experiments, and unanticipated
relationship that led to the deaths of the other reluctant astronauts
and the birth of Monte’s daughter. Aided by stunning production
design by leading visual artist Olafur Eliasson, Denis creates a mood
that is both ominous and surprisingly tender, proving once again that
her trademark is the unexpected.

Claire Denis

Claire Denis
Jean-Pol Fargeau

Robert Pattinson
Juliette Binoche
Mia Goth
André Benjamin

Sci-Fi, Thriller, Drama
113 min.
Germany, France, USA, UK,
Poland, 2019
DCP, Blu-Ray