One month from today, one of this decade’s boldest, strangest sci-fi films will arrive. Claire Denis’ erotic, frightening, and beautiful sci-fi odyssey High Life is an unclassifiable, riveting journey into the depths of the unknown (both as it pertains to space and human desires). So much has been written about these aspects of the film that not much ink has been spilled over the fact that Robert Pattinson actually sings on one of Tindersticks’ tracks. Ahead of the release, the band has now released the music video for the full song titled Willow.
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.”
Watch/listen below with a hat tip to Film Comment and if you are in NYC, don’t miss the largest U.S. retrospective yet of Claire Denis’ work at BAM, beginning March 29. We’ve also shared the trailer they’ve created for the retro.
High Life opens on April 5.