After helping the best film of 2018 reach a larger audience, A24 will hopefully be doing the same when it comes to Claire Denis’ erotic, frightening, beautiful, and strange sci-fi odyssey High Life. An unclassifiable, riveting journey into the depths of the unknown (both as it pertains to space and human desires), they’ve now released the first U.S. trailer for the film starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche.
Josh Lewis said in his review, “While High Life has understandably drawn all kinds of comparisons to the 60s and 70s cerebral sci-fi canon (notably Solaris and 2001: A Space Odyssey), for both its abstract use of space imagery and its minimalist ship design which more often than not resembles an artificially-lit hospital filled with dated technology, its soul is firmly in the sensibilities of its filmmaker, French master Claire Denis, who mines the genre for a deeply sensorial and moving portrait of the misery and horror parents are willing and perhaps responsible to endure so their children might not have to.”
See the trailer below for the film also starring André Benjamin, Mia Goth, Lars Eidinger, Agata Buzek, and Claire Tran.
Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to deep space. The crew—death-row inmates led by a doctor (Juliette Binoche) with sinister motives—has vanished. As the mystery of what happened onboard the ship is unraveled, father and daughter must rely on each other to survive as they hurtle toward the oblivion of a black hole. A staggering and primal film about love and intimacy, suffused with anguished memories of a lost Earth, High Life is a haunting, thrilling achievement from visionary director Claire Denis.
High Life opens on April 12.