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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.


Claire Denis
1,926 ( 239)
5 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Pattinson ... Monte
Juliette Binoche ... Dibs
André 3000 ... Tcherny (as André Benjamin)
Mia Goth ... Boyse
Agata Buzek ... Nansen
Lars Eidinger ... Chandra
Claire Tran ... Mink
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


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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


The script, which Claire Denis wrote with her longtime collaborator, screenwriter Jean-Pol Fargeau, was first written in French. It was rumored English novelist Zadie Smith worked on the English draft, but Denis didn't see eye to eye with her and ultimately rejected it, stating that, "My producer introduced me to her. I thought it would be great to work with her, but we don't have the same philosophy of life. She disliked my casting for the lead and she wanted to change the story. So I asked her, 'Tell me the story you want.' It was so different, it was so unsexy for me. Nothing against her, but she wanted the people of the ship to - she wanted them to return to Earth. 'Going home,' she kept telling me. I said, 'What the fuck do you mean, going home? There is no one alive there!' She also wanted to retitle the film to 'A New Life'. I really tried, honestly tried. But sometimes people, they have different perceptions of the world. I've read her books - and I know why: We are on the same planet, but not living the same life, for sure. So there was not even a draft." See more »


The characters go spacewalking in Russian style spacesuits, which have fabric hoods. The hoods stay soft and un-inflated, even during spacewalks in a vacuum. See more »


[first lines]
Monte: [narrating] At 99% the speed of light, the entire sky converged before our eyes. This sensation, moving backwards even though we're moving forwards, getting further from what's getting nearer. Sometimes I just can't stand it.
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Crazy Credits

The title appears almost 18 minutes into the movie. See more »


Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Best Movies of 2019 (So Far) (2019) See more »


Always Alone
Words & Music by Ted Daffan
Sung by Mia Goth
(c) Peer International Corporation
Courtesy of S.E.M.I. Paris (France)
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Sad Waste of Another Superb Performance by Robert Pattinson
24 April 2019 | by MetaflixSee all my reviews

Claire Denis' 'High Life' is undoubtedly better on paper than it is on the screen. One has to assume that the script includes certain details like what "The Box" is, or clarify the discrepancy between the fates of the astronaut's bodies early on versus what we're shown throughout the movie.

Despite the film's limited dialogue, many of the lines feel bizarrely stilted, as if there was a problem in the French-to-English translation regarding the emotional meaning of what Denis was hoping to convey.

As a result, Denis has ultimately made a film that is just interesting enough to keep the audience's attention the entire time, but lackluster enough for them to never really care. Worse, the last twenty minutes are so packed with logical flaws that 'High Life' crashes into its final destination rather than ending on anything that resembles a high note, sadly wasting another superb performance by Robert Pattinson whose time and effort could have been better spent on something else.

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Release Date:

12 April 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Cologne, Germany See more »


Box Office


EUR8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$99,341, 7 April 2019

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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