What would you expect from a space opera directed by Claire Denis and starring Robert Pattinson? Well, everything. High Life does to sci-fi what Denis’ Trouble Every Day did to vampire films: it’s a radical interpretation where the filmmaker subverts tropes and genre while preserving their very essence.

Pattinson is part of a motley crew of convicts sent in a spaceship to seemingly exploit an energy resource from a black hole. But they are the ones exploited as guinea pigs for sexual experiments by their medical officer (Juliette Binoche, in full witch mode). Denis still explores her favourite themes – bodies and outsiders, which are desired and rejected at the same time. Mind-bending and very organic, High Life is a crossover between Solaris and Alien, but without needing any monster. It’s above all a fascinating work on on how to keep one's humanity in the space void.

Also see Masterclass Claire Denis.

Filmmaker
Claire Denis
Country
Germany, France, USA, United Kingdom, Poland
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
110’
Language
English
Producer
Claudia Steffen, Christoph Friedel, Laurence Clerc, Olivier Thery Lapiney, Andrew Lauren, Klaudia Smieja, Oliver Dungey, D.J. Gugenheim
Production Company
Pandora Film Produktion, Alcatraz Films, Andrew Lauren Productions, The Apocalypse Films Company, Madants
Sales
Wild Bunch
Writer
Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau, Geoff Cox
Cinematography
Yorick Le Saux
Editor
Guy Lecorne
Production Design
François-Renaud Labarthe
Sound Design
Stuart A. Staples
Music
Stuart A. Staples
Cast
Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, Mia Goth, Agata Buzek, Lars Eidinger, Claire Tran
Website
http://www.highlife-lefilm.com