High Life

classified 18

Please note: This was screened in May 2019

Claire Denis
Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André Benjamin
113 mins, 2018, Germany | France | UK | Poland | USA
Primary language

Claire Denis makes her English language debut with this strange, sexual and totally surreal sorta-sci-fi starring Robert Pattinson as a criminal on a mysterious space mission.

Pattinson stars as Monte, one of a motley crew of convicts (including Mia Goth and André Benjamin) sent into deepest space to investigate black holes. Their medical officer (a totally arresting Juliette Binoche), dubbed the "shaman of semen", performs sexual experiments on the crew in a bid to see if conception is possible in the outskirts of space. Suffice to say, to give away too much of what happens on their mission would be to spoil its many pleasures - just trust us and go along for the ride...

Fearless, mind-bending and daring, this is not like any other sci-fi you know - and contains some of the most unsettling scenes Denis has ever filmed. A story about being human, bodies (and their fluids - spit, semen, breast milk, blood), sex, and relationships, it demands to be seen on the big screen (and may we recommend seeing it more than once).

Screening with short film Uncontrollable Universe (Dir. James Richards, Germany, 2019, 4 mins 57secs), a Projections commission from Tyneside Cinema’s artists’ programme.