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2,883 Ratings

High Life

Directed by Claire Denis
France, Germany, 2018


Monte and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to deep space. The crew—death-row inmates led by a doctor with sinister motives—has vanished. As the mystery of what happened onboard the ship is unraveled, father and daughter must rely on each other to survive.

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High Life Directed by Claire Denis

Awards & Festivals

San Sebastián International Film Festival

2018 | Winner: FIPRESCI Award

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2019 | Winner: Best Films Opening in 2019

2019 | Nominee: Best Lead Actor

In the film’s final moments, I saw a void, but my students saw a flat, golden line. Where I saw a black hole, they saw a horizon. And why not? It’s worth remembering that, against all odds, the final line of the film—the answer to the question “Shall we?”—is “Yes.”
June 11, 2020
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Uncompromising and enigmatic, High Life relinquishes nothing of the philosophical and visual force, the difficulty and seductiveness, that have made Denis’s films among the most compelling of contemporary cinema.
May 10, 2019
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As is often the case in Denis’s movies, “High Life” vibrates with low-key erotic energy that can feel exciting, a little dangerous. 
April 04, 2019
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