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“High Life” is director Claire Denis’ twisted, kinky version of a deep space opera. A film set beyond our solar system, “High Life” centers on Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his infant daughter Willow who survives together aboard a spacecraft, in complete isolation of the nothingness around them. Monte fathered the girl back when the spacecraft had 7 death row inmates onboard who were sent up to space, as guinea pigs, to explore the possibilities of black holes. Now only Monte and Willow are left. What happened? Through flashbacks, we get to see the moral and ethical downfall that occurred which culminated with just Monte and Willow being the sole survivors.
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Life - Denis - English-language - Film - Set
“High Life” is Denis’ second-only English-language film, and her only one set in space. The screenplay she wrote, with Jean-Pol Fargeau, has specific imagery meant to be accentuated by Yorick Le Saux’s elegantly simple cinematography and the too-subtle-you-might-miss-it brilliance of Stuart Staples’ hypnotic score. In “High Life” space is a prison, a never-ending void that has limited possibilities for the mind, despite the unlimited abyss it is set in.
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Denis - Filmmaker - Greats - Years - Resilience
Denis, a formidable filmmaker that can easily stand with any of the greats from the last 30 years, has shown remarkable resilience in her career to never conform to the norm. She’s an everlasting troubadour, walking the high-wire of creative risk-taking with each movie she makes. I spoke to her about “High Life,” that infamous fuckbox, and her Robert Pattinson crush. And note: they are planning on working together again, but she’s mostly tight-lipped on details.
I’ve seen “High Life” twice now and it really feels like a hybrid of genres, it’s not just sci-fi, it feels incredibly claustrophobic to the...
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