The story revolves around a group of skilled criminals who trade in facing jail time and capital punishment for agreeing to participate in a likely fatal government space mission where they will be tasked with finding alternate energy sources, and will be part of human reproduction experiments.
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Viennale _ I love Claire Denis. "Us go home" is one the best french films from the 1990s. She has a strong personality and "High Life" is ambitious but still is a desaster. There is almost nothing to save from this sexual "Solaris" that ends up being as empty as a Malick sermon. But it is fine to be radical and to fail sometimes. She gave us "Trouble everyday" that way. Keep going Claire, keep taking risks.
This film is mesmerizing - achingly beautiful, but made me feel as lonely and isolated as Pattinson's Monte. It's a stunner.
Any film that has Juliette Binoche as an unhinged, witch-like fertility scientist who harvests semen in the hopes to impregnate one of the female criminals on board a spaceship hurtling towards a black hole is one I am here for. And truly, this is a masterpiece.
It has very familiar elements and parts in it, but by fitting these together, Claire Denis crafted what I can only describe as a complete Frankenstein monster of cinematic insight into the human condition and its inherent sexual weirdness. It's a truly absorbing and beautiful work of imagination, darkness and hope.