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High Life (2018)

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Critic Consensus: High Life is as visually arresting as it is challenging, confounding, and ultimately rewarding - which is to say it's everything film fans expect from director Claire Denis.

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Monte is one of several death row inmates given the opportunity to forgo their sentence in exchange for manning a suicide space mission to harvest energy from near a black hole. The ship's doctor is also conducting an experiment of her own, obsessively testing human's ability to reproduce in space. The ragtag crew's close quarters and grim fate breed dissent and ultimately brutal violence.

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Baffling, non-linear to the point of near-schizophrenia, and despite all of the computer technology, sadly resistant to any kind of production design you could call innovative.

September 28, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
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The scope of its ambition is cleverly reined in by the low-key presentation, its more salacious potential muted down to an insistent threatening hum, like the background radiation of Stuart Staples' score.

September 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The ending of High Life arrives almost too suddenly, but that's only incentive to seek out a second, third and fourth viewing as soon as humanly possible.

September 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

In terms of mood, cosmetics, and rhythm, it's a worthy addition to the great filmmaker's canon.

September 11, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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"High Life" can be brutal and breathtakingly perverse as only a Denis film can be. But perhaps even more disturbingly, that brutality is undergirded by real warmth and tenderness...

September 10, 2018 | Full Review…

High Life is a pensive and profound study of human life on the brink of the apocalypse.

September 10, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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