Claire Denis' first English-language feature sees a group of convicts assigned to a difficult space mission with the belief they will be freed if they are successful. The film follows Monte (Robert Pattinson), one of the convicts aboard the mission a few years after its launch as he raises his daughter in complete isolation on the empty spacecraft as it heads towards it's final destination...
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.
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In space no-one can hear you scream
- High Life review by JD
As PG the other reviewer rightly points out 20 mins of a baby screaming usually does for me but I thought I would give it a chance. Wrong. Not one redeeming feature in the entire film. I thought Moon was the worst space film I had seen.. Now this has topped it. I really only like posting positive reviews but if I can save just one of you from enduring this it will have been worth it.