cold, stiff, conceptually intriguing but undercooked. dialogue is stilted (if plausible considering they're planets away from earth) w/lines delivered in a way that doesn't sound like normal speech. def leaves you w/matter to mull over but it doesn't truly explore them in an esp inspiring or thorough way. nice to see her trying out a new genre, but it's disappointing. in that sense, it's of a piece w/her last two.
A hauntingly beautiful film. Clair Denis brings some classic French existentialism to American audiences with her first English-language feature. What the script may lack dialogue and character development, is all made up for with an incredible performance by Robert Pattinson. He brilliantly captures complete loneliness and the acknowledgment of momentary existence simultaneously, without feeling too pretentious.
Everything is disconnected. Whether they are shots, colours, scenes, time, space, nature, technology, people or human bodies; contrasts and paradoxes abound where every organic link has been obliterated with great violence and confusion. Claire Denis has decided to become the Catherine Breillat successor we desperately need, and gave us the Andrei Tarkovsky movie we truly deserve.
This was the turn for Claire Denis to gift us with this Sci Fy masterpiece. The film really takes you there, beyond the solar system, in a spaceship, next to a black hole. The narrative explains why those people are there, but without resorting to many details. It leaves you in some sort of blank space, as the universe itself. Sex and violence in outerspace, depicted in a brutal and beautiful way.
En la habitual batalla de energías que toda película de Denis expone, High Life se centra en las más primales. Lo único que resta de una humanidad en ciernes, al borde de la desaparición total (al menos en la forma en que la conocemos), es la tensión entre los deseos irrefrenables y la inelubible llegada de la muerte. Aquí, la única forma de mantenerse vivo es mediante estallidos de violencia, fluidos y sangre.
I found the dialog and voice-over to be excruciatingly exposition-heavy and there were times when I wanted the plot to keep moving but there is something about this crazy world that keeps sending slips of little images back to me weeks afterwards. At times mesmerising, revolting, intriguing and tense, there's a solid nod to Solaris and its a welcome miracle a film like this gets made in this climate. 3.5 stars