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High Life

Dir: Claire Denis
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin
110mins   2018   UK, France, Germany, Poland, US   18   English    F-Rated

In the not too distant future, it is deemed that the most effective way to explore the far reaches of space is with the use of crews made up entirely of criminals on death row, with the promise of freedom upon completion of their mission. Monte, played by Robert Pattinson, is part of a group of convicts assigned to a difficult space mission with this very belief - that they will be freed if they are successful. However, we first find Monte alone on the ship, aside from his infant daughter who he has been raising  in complete isolation on the empty spacecraft as it heads towards it’s final destination.

'The vastness of space is such a natural fit for the free-floating narratives of Claire Denis, it's a wonder she hasn't embraced sci-fi before now' - Peter Howell, Toronto Star