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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Pattinson ... Monte
Juliette Binoche ... Dibs
André Benjamin ... Tcherny
Mia Goth ... Boyse
Agata Buzek ... Nansen
Lars Eidinger ... Chandra
Claire Tran ... Mink
Ewan Mitchell Ewan Mitchell ... Ettore
Gloria Obianyo ... Elektra
Scarlett Lindsey Scarlett Lindsey ... Willow Baby
Jessie Ross Jessie Ross ... Willow
Victor Banerjee ... Indian Professor
Juliette Picollot Juliette Picollot ... Journalist
Mikolaj Gruss Mikolaj Gruss ... Little Monte
Weronika Wachowska Weronika Wachowska ... Little Girl
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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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Oblivion awaits.


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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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7 November 2018 (France) See more »

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Cologne, Germany See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$99,341, 7 April 2019, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$396,621, 18 April 2019
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1.66 : 1
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Robert Pattinson knew 14-months old Scarlett Lindsey who plays his daughter Willow: She is the daughter of his longtime friend, musician Sam Bradley, whom he knows since their school days together in London. Identical twin girls were initially cast, but the weekend before shooting was about to start on Monday, Pattinson couldn't bond with them because they started to cry as soon as he picked them up and got upset everytime they were without their mother. He and Denis felt not ready to shoot with them because the final film would have ended up entirely different. Than on Sunday evening, Pattinson had the idea to ask his friend the last minute and so they flew in from London. Claire Denis: "Those twins - I couldn't stand them. This idea to cast twins - they aren't exactly the same, you know? You can't just replace one another. And of course they would get upset when they're separated. I told my producers that I'm not going to shoot with those girls. But nobody believed me, they thought I was joking. And than Robert told me at 10 pm on Sunday night: 'I can't... I can't.' And I said: 'Thank god! I'm not the only one!' But now we needed a new baby - fast. Than Robert had the idea to call his best friend and they took the first flight with Scarlett the next morning. This girl, she was so great - she was so reactive, so open to people... and she actually took her first steps infront of the camera! It was a miracle. She was the best thing that could happen to us." See more »

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Willow Lullaby
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Like being stuck in an elevator for 2 hours
7 April 2019 | by nick94965See all my reviews

Nothing happens. The whole movie takes place on the ship, and there is nowhere to go from the first scene to the last, and the thin plot reflects that.

A similar theme to the original "Solaris" (the Russian version) in which a spaceship travels endlessly to another solar system. In this case, it is a black hole, which metaphorically represents the film. So be aware, you are not going to understand the purpose of the voyage, and nothing about the characters makes much sense either.

On the positive side, there is some interesting use of scientific experimentation and some interesting set design as well as a couple of attractive cast members. However, no one other than Robert Pattison gets to say much. Juliette Binoche is wasted in a role in which she has to play a very annoying Nurse Ratchit-type of bitchy scientist, and is very unlikable, which is unfortunate, considering she is usually the best thing about a film. Here, her talent is wasted on a very obnoxious role.

I gather from the little bit I gleaned from all her 12 or 13 lines that Juliette plays a Scientist who is conducting an experiment in getting one of the young women pregnant, but in order to do so, she has to use the turkey baster method. When one of the young studs tried to impregnate a girl naturally, the subsequent furor among the cast made absolutely no sense whatsoever. If the goal is to reproduce, why aren't they reproducing? Are the women all lesbians? Not clear.

This is a baffling and confusing 2 hours, made by a master filmmaker, who tries very hard to make some kind of a statement, but in all honesty, I could not think of what that statement might be.


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