French auteur Claire Denis’s (Beau Travail, 35 Shots of Rum) breathlessly awaited English language debut stars Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche in a tale of criminals flung into deep space.
Monte (Pattinson) and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to the outer reaches of the solar system. The crew--death-row inmates led by a doctor (Binoche) with sinister motives--has vanished. As the mystery of what happened onboard the ship is unravelled, father and daughter must rely on each other to survive as they hurtle toward the oblivion of a black hole.
Working again with the brilliant Binoche and supported by a cast that includes André Benjamin and Mia Goth, master filmmaker Claire Denis guides her actors into daring new territory. Some scenes in High Life will shock, but that shock propels us toward revelation. Denis pushes her science fiction into realms that, at times, recall Stanley Kubrick and Andrei Tarkovsky. But this film carries a fearless curiosity that is all her own. High Life also features a mesmerising score by Denis’ frequent collaborator Stuart A. Staples of Tindersticks.