Portentous and hollow
- High Life review by JB
For me, the films of Claire Denis tend to fall short of the intellectual heft to which they obviously aspire, and I found this one especially weak - I think the New Yorker review hits the nail on the head: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/the-front-row/high-life-reviewed-claire-deniss-disappointing-journey-into-space. But the two previous one-star reviews are peculiarly inaccurate. Yes, the baby is central to the opening twenty minutes. But she cries for ninety seconds, in total. Literally, ninety seconds.
4 out of 6 members found this review helpful.
Silent Running 2
- High Life review by SC
I found the film thought provoking and captivating. It's the antithesis of an Interstellar or similar.
One things for sure; you won't see Juliette Binoche in the same light again!
4 out of 7 members found this review helpful.
A Thought Provoking Film
- High Life review by MAT
I like to mix and match the films I hire, a comedy here and an action adventure there, but also the occasional wild card like this one.
And I enjoyed it. It is well made, has good acting and has a believable setting and premise.
I was almost put off by the bad reviews but as I quite like Robert Pattinson decided to add it to my list in any case and I am so glad I did as the story is an intriguing one of how humans treat humans and how they in turn are treated affects how they treat others - if that makes sense.
The isolation is key, hence the setting, and the screaming baby so many complain about is not actually that bad nor does it go on that long, but in any case is important to the plot even if that is not obvious from its positioning right at the beginning of the movie.
So perhaps not a movie for the faint hearted, what with an agitated baby, a couple of rapes and bit of masturbation, it is not a disturbing film because of that and instead is an interesting study of the human condition, which of course is always disturbing.
I therefore recommend this film to anyone who wants to see something a bit different.
3 out of 5 members found this review helpful.