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Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his infant daughter are the only passengers on a dingy space ship bound for an inevitable collision course with a black hole. This hallucinogenic, fractured science fiction story from acclaimed director Claire Denis — her first English-language film — spins back through the events that led these two people to their fate.
The truth behind Monte’s voyage to the end of the solar system, and the incredible story of what happened to the ship’s former crew — and the maniacal doctor who drove them to the brink of sanity — is like a twisted and perverse riff on 2001: A Space Odyssey featuring Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, and Mia Goth alongside Pattinson.
- Robert Pattinson
- Juliette Binoche
- André Benjamin
- Mia Goth
- Agata Buzek
- Lars Eidinger
- Claire Tran
- Ewan Mitchell
- Gloria Obianyo
- Scarlett Lindsey
Did You Know?
- Claire Denis had in mind the idea for the story since 2002. In 2014, Robert Pattinson heard about the project. Being a big cinephile and loving her previous films, he wanted to work with Denis since seeing White Material (2009) for the first time in 2010.
- One of the characters mentions that the simulation of gravity is caused by the continuous acceleration of the ship. If the ship accelerated at normal gravity on earth, it would reach the speed of light in 0.97 years. If it increased velocity at earth-gravity for 9 years (half the 18-year journey), it would be traveling over 9 times the speed of light. To achieve light-speed after 9 years, simulated gravity would only be about 1/10 that of earth.
Atom User Reviews
A movie that can’t be explained it must be experienced.
The movie seems to be a study of the artificial limits we put on our desires—and the ways those desires naturally betray us. This being Denis, she of course goes above and beyond merely exposing those limits; she must also, of course, expose the audience’s limits in the process.
High Life offers an uncompromising mind-bender of a deep space journey through destructive desire, faith, trust and the instincts for good and bad that make us merely human.
Without Denis’ typically transfixing aesthetics and with a storyline that lumbers along in places, High Life is not always an easy sit, even if occasional outbursts of violence spice up the action in distressing ways.