With High Life, French auteur Claire Denis returns to the cinema, this time taking a detour into outer space. Co-starring Robert Pattinson, Mia Goth, Juliette Binoche, and André Benjamin (of Outkast fame), the film has been on the festival circuit for the past several months, premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival last September.
While details remain scarce (the trailer brilliantly gives little away), what one can surmise is that a group of outcasts are being held against their will to be experimented on. How are they being experimented on? Somewhat, nihilistically sexually, and given their far-off proximity to the planet Earth, there's little they can do to escape.
The trailer is cut in a beautifully rhythmic way—try getting the word "dada" out of your head after watching it—and features some oddly familiar, quirky lines like "you're foxy and you know it." Also, the film was shot by respected cinematographer Yorick Le Saux, whose work post-High Life can be viewed in Greta Gerwig's adaptation of Little Women, due out on Christmas.
What it all means can all be determined and debated on April 12th, 2019, when the film debuts in limited release.
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