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High Life (2018)

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A father and his daughter struggle to survive in deep space where they live in isolation.

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Claire Denis
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Cast overview:
Robert Pattinson ... Monte
Juliette Binoche ... Dr. Dibs
André Benjamin ... Tcherny
Mia Goth ... Boyse
Lars Eidinger ... Chandra
Agata Buzek ... Nansen
Claire Tran ... Mink
Ewan Mitchell Ewan Mitchell ... Ettore
Gloria Obianyo ... Elektra
Scarlett Lindsey Scarlett Lindsey ... Willow - Baby
Jessie Ross Jessie Ross ... Willow - Teenager
Victor Banerjee ... Professor
Juliette Picollot Juliette Picollot ... Journalist
John Kimani Njeri John Kimani Njeri ... Prisoner
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Takes place beyond the solar system in a future that seems like the present. About a group of criminals who accept a mission in space to become the subjects of a human reproduction experiment. They find themselves in the most unimaginable situation after a storm of cosmic rays hit the ship.

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Rated R for disturbing sexual and violent content including sexual assault, graphic nudity, and for language | See all certifications »

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12 April 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Cologne, Germany See more »

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1.66 : 1
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When filming began, the final script was just a few pages long with was only Denis's vision for the film. It was described as 'unusual' and 'quite skeletal' by actors and producers. According to the producers, "the script took shape as we were filming. There were meetings when actors wanted to get a handle on characters, were confused and they wanted to know more about how space works. We had astro-physicists come down to talk with them. Claire [Denis] purposefully didn't need her performers to understand every beat. Part of this movie is about the unknown and about characters who don't necessarily understand why they are where they are." See more »

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Kinetic and Primal Power
26 September 2018 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

A black hole is the destination for a group of young prisoners who, as they come to realize, are not coming back. Or so it seems. Kept on a leash and in suspended animation, fed a steady diet of lies, and treated as experiments and not as human beings, the young perps find their own often brutal ways of rebellion. Yet for Monte, who has a baby daughter to care for, things are more complicated. The responsibility is greater than anything, even than the looming black hole.

"It is important to show" said Claire Denis in Toronto "how people are feeling, even when they are brutal." Raw emotion and primal energy are on display in this kinetic, startling film, as people react when they are backed into a corner (in deep space). Also, there is Juliette Binoche as a narcissistic jailkeeper, so what more do you need?! Claire Denis was able to realize her compelling vision with adequate financial support and star power. Everything aligns for her so well; the cinematography of looking at space, stars and nebulas, the cast, the themes and vision, action and depth, . . so, so good!


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