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A dangerous mission to space misfires, leaving a man and his infant daughter on a collision course with a black hole.More Details »
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Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his infant daughter are the only passengers on a dingy space ship bound for an inevitable collision course with a black hole. This hallucinogenic, fractured science fiction story from acclaimed director Claire Denis — her first English-language film — spins back through the events that led these two people to their fate.
The truth behind Monte’s voyage to the end of the solar system, and the incredible story of what happened to the ship’s former crew — and the maniacal doctor who drove them to the brink of sanity — is like a twisted and perverse riff on 2001: A Space Odyssey featuring Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin, and Mia Goth alongside Pattinson.
- Robert Pattinson
- Juliette Binoche
- André Benjamin
- Mia Goth
- Agata Buzek
- Lars Eidinger
- Claire Tran
- Ewan Mitchell
- Gloria Obianyo
- Scarlett Lindsey
Did You Know?
- Claire Denis had in mind the idea for the story since 2002. In 2014, Robert Pattinson heard about the project. Being a big cinephile and loving her previous films, he wanted to work with Denis since seeing White Material (2009) for the first time in 2010. Claire Denis about meeting him: "I had a few actors in mind, but most strongly Philip Seymour Hoffman. When he died, I had no one else in mind. Then I met a few actors, and the only person who touched me, where it clicked for me, but who physically really was so much the opposite of Philip, was Robert: The casting director said Robert wanted to meet me and I thought he was great, but I first thought he was too young for the part, I wanted someone older, tired of life with no hope. (In the script, the protagonist is in his late 40s) He didn't solicit me, but he wanted to meet me, he said he would play any part. I panicked: 'What was the point of seeing him since he couldn't play Monte?' I was afraid even to meet him. I thought, 'Why does he want to work with me so badly? No, he's too iconic for my cinema, I'm afraid of who he is.' It almost distressed me. Then, one day I was in L.A. to meet actors and Robert came to see me, we spoke in the hotel garden. In the coming months we met a few times - he came to Paris - and I realized I couldn't make the film without him, he was already in the film. When he asked me, 'Are you sure?' I said, 'It's already too late, it's you or nobody else.' It's so easy to love him - I liked him immediately - he's so sincere, he cares so much, you know? I realized he's just the sort of actor I love, he is like a man with another man inside himself, craving for something. This guy is like a Russian nesting doll, there is another guy sitting in it, and another guy in that guy, and more. He never shows himself completely, only a part, and it is terribly intriguing... but he also has like an inner, naked youth. He gives off an aura that immediately makes you want to film him. I was struck by him. He's very smart and probably more intelligent than me... especially when it comes to cinema, he is a real film nerd, but many people don't know that about him, you know? I knew he was going to give me a lot, and he really did. He's the easiest actor I've worked with, the same with Juliette Binoche, they have no fear about a weird project."
- One of the characters mentions that the simulation of gravity is caused by the continuous acceleration of the ship. If the ship accelerated at normal gravity on earth, it would reach the speed of light in 0.97 years. If it increased velocity at earth-gravity for 9 years (half the 18-year journey), it would be traveling over 9 times the speed of light. To achieve light-speed after 9 years, simulated gravity would only be about 1/10 that of earth.
Atom User Reviews
A movie that can’t be explained it must be experienced.
Slow, kinda boring, couldn't ever really get invested in whatever it was that was happening.
The movie seems to be a study of the artificial limits we put on our desires—and the ways those desires naturally betray us. This being Denis, she of course goes above and beyond merely exposing those limits; she must also, of course, expose the audience’s limits in the process.
High Life offers an uncompromising mind-bender of a deep space journey through destructive desire, faith, trust and the instincts for good and bad that make us merely human.
Without Denis’ typically transfixing aesthetics and with a storyline that lumbers along in places, High Life is not always an easy sit, even if occasional outbursts of violence spice up the action in distressing ways.