Film Review: Claire Denis’ “High Life”

Film Review: Claire Denis’ “High Life”

By Michael Selsman, CEO Archer Entertainment Media (AEMC)

“Fascinating, arresting, and beautifully hypnotic”

“I think my movies have a certain tenderness, a certain humanity, and that’s what counts for me,” so says director Claire Denis

‘High Life’ is a 2018 science fiction film written and directed by French director Claire Denis with Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche in the lead roles. It is Denis’s first film in the English language and was co-written by Jean-Pol Fargeau and Geoff Cox.

Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to the outer reaches of the solar system. 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, with anguished memories of a lost Earth, High Life is a haunting, thrilling achievement from visionary director Claire Denis.

“For me,” says master filmmaker Claire Denis, “Cinema is not made to give a psychological explanation; for me cinema is montage.” Those who have experienced works like Beau Travail, Friday Night and The Intruder or her debut feature Chocolat, know the singularity of Denis’ work. None of her films resembles one another, and yet there’s no one else on earth that could have made them. When asked about her new film’s look and design, Denis commented, “My aesthetic was simple: it’s a jail. I wanted the interior of the spaceship to look like a prison. That was my only radical beginning in terms of aesthetics.”

Have some fun, see a movie this holiday weekend.

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2 Responses to "Film Review: Claire Denis’ “High Life”"

  1. Paul Ebeling   April 19, 2019 at 5:43 am


    I saw High Life, it was hard to watch at times, even with Juliette Binoche as the sorceress. This masterful story is about redemption, discipline and hope in a jailed space odyssey.

    As I walked out of the cinema, I got it, and I asked myself, Why? The why is the message of Hope that comes with the belief in God, and the wonders of life after on the other side.

    With Ms. Denis’ films are deep, and there is always more than in the stark and often troubling visual moments. In this case she tells the audience there is “the Light” seek it in Good Faith.



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