United Kingdom: May 10 2019
United States: April 12 2019
Ranking: 48 out of 15,013 movies (up 21)
6.8 by 3 users
8.0 by Movie'n'co
6.0 by 3 media
Monte and Willow are a father and a daughter who live in a spaceship outer the solar system. Monte is a tough and severe man who regrets having the child because it reminds the time when he was defeated by the desire above his discipline. However, Willow doesn't know that she was birth by insemination in a experiment with a prisoner called Boyse. In the beginning their relationship is not the best, but with the time Willow grows up, Mont changes his mind and will have a new feeling about her daughter. A feeling that will change him forever.
Director Claire Denis presented this film starring Robert Pattinson ('Good Time'), Juliette Binoche ('The english patient') and Mia Goth ('A cure for wellness') which won the FIPRESCI prize.
Cast High Life
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Trivia High Life
Claire Denis: "The film is about sexuality, not sex. Sensuality, not pornography. Sexuality is about fluids. As soon as sexuality stirs within us, we know it's all about fluids - blood, sperm, etc. I thought if I wanted that fluid subtext to work, we had to reduce the sex act to masturbation. I forbade myself any naked scenes. No erect cocks, no gaping pussies. We did it another way - High Life speaks only of desire and of fluids."
'High' stands for outer space and 'Life' for the life Juliette Binoches character wants to create. But it's above all a word that comes from Africa where she grew up and spent her childhood: Africans often refer to white life as 'high life'.
Claire Denis had in mind this project since 2002, but due to economic problems she couldn't do it. In her mind, Philip Seymour Hoffman was the perfect actor for the character later to be played by Robert Pattinson. He heard about the project and was very interested in it. Although she was certain he was too young for the role of Monte, after meeting in person she understood that the paper was already his and no one else.