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High Life

2018, Claire Denis, UK/France, 113 min.
With Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Mia Goth

Show Times

  • Fri, Jun 14th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Jun 14th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Jun 15th 8:00pm
  • Sun, Jun 16th 3:00pm
  • Mon, Jun 17th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Jun 19th 8:15pm
  • Thu, Jun 20th 6:00pm

"Haunting and sublime."—David Ehrlich, Indiewire

"Brutal, beautiful and entirely astonishing...HIGH LIFE is an immersion, an experience of prolonged tension and isolation that final arrives at a shocking moment of release."—Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

With its first few minutes devoted mainly to a man caring tenderly for a squalling infant, we know right away that we are not in for anything close to an ordinary science-fiction movie. Celebrated auteur Denis, who upended the vampire film in her cult classic TROUBLE EVERY DAY, performs a similarly transgressive service for the sci-fi genre in her first English-language film. Circling in time, the story is set on a space ship populated by death-row convicts sent on a suicide mission to a black hole to harvest energy for a depleted Earth. The ship is ruled by a domineering scientist (Binoche) who is fixated on impregnation experiments; her authority is challenged by a reflective loner (Pattison) whose celibacy frustrates her designs. Less concerned with scientific plausibility than with an exploration of human nature at the edge, Denis treats the material with her characteristic mixture of the cerebral and the visceral—awash in all manner of bodily fluids and featuring a bout of futuristic onanism that one critic called "the greatest single one-person sex scene in the history of cinema." DCP digital. (MR)

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