First screened in September 2018 / Most recently screened in April 2019
Director: Claire Denis. Cast: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Jessie Ross, Mia Goth, André Benjamin, Agata Buzek, Ewan Mitchell, Lars Eidinger, Gloria Obianyo, Claire Tran, Victor Banerjee, Juliette Picollot. Screenplay: Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau, and Geoff Cox (with an assist from Nick Laird). Twitter Capsule:
Starts as a lament for the radically alone; grows into a weird, sad epic poem about trying and failing to stay isolated.
Imagine Alien³ in a drifting orgone accumulator, more diffuse in its dangers and rewritten by a philosopher. Pattinson, Le Saux are MVPs.
In case this matters for anyone, I think rumors of High Life's shocking content are inflated. Tough images and events, yes, but no abbatoir.
A razor in a gyre in a void. An incarcerated Odyssey. A Pompidou of knotted tubes, heavy, light, flush with human lava.
I'm split about how this movie completes some of its passes or fulfills its ideas but there's no question about its formal and thematic bravery.