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High Life

The French top director Claire Denis explores new territories in this English spoken science fiction film about a propagation experiment in space. But it is also a typical Denis-film with sexuality and isolation as the main themes.

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.

High Life

A group of convicted criminals has agreed to take part in a "human reproduction experiment" in space in exchange for a reduced sentence. The long voyage in the spaceship travelling through space far beyond our solar system is rife with tensions and problems. Finally, the only passengers left are Monte (Robert Pattinson), a strictly self-disciplined man, and his daughter Willow, who was born on board. Together they are approaching a black hole. What happened to the others?

With films such as Beau travail, 35 rhums, and Un beau soleil intérieur, French director Claire Denis is considered one of the most prominent directors of the moment. With her new film High Life she is exploring new territory: it is her first science fiction film and her first English-language film. Of course it is also a Denis film, in which she presents her view on sexuality, isolation and unconditional love. Also with Juliette Binoche in one of the most remarkable masturbation scenes ever recorded on film.

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