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Be aware there are spoilers for High Life in the interview below.
If there’s one thing you can always count on from Claire Denis, it’s that you never know what you’re going to get from one of her movies. The filmmaker behind some of the most carnal, disturbing films of the 21st Century like **** and Trouble Every Day most recently turned toward romances with her gorgeous 2017 comedy Let the Sunshine In, and now, she’s taking one of the boldest swings of her brilliant career with High Life.
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High Life is Denis’ first fully English-language film, her first film shot on soundstages, and her first dip into science fiction, and wouldn’t you know it, her approach to heady genre material is nothing like what you’d expect from a conventional sci-fi film. Robert Pattison — an esteemed artist in his own right, whose proven himself one of the boldest actors of his generation — stars as Monte, a death row inmate floating through space with his infant daughter toward a black hole. It only gets weirder from there.
For Pattinson, finally working with Denis is something of a dream come true. The actor fell in love with her work after seeing her essential 2009 film White Material and pursued a collaboration. At the time, Denis thought he was too young for the role of Monte, but factor in some production delays and some convincing from Pattinson, and ultimately, High Life came together. And thank goodness. The result is one of the most impressive and confounding films in either of their respective careers; a mind-bending trip through space that taps into grief, hope and the utter despair of isolation in a single, spectacular stroke.
Life - Theaters - Opportunity - Denis - Pattinson
With High Life now in theaters, I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Denis and Pattinson to talk about...
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