Monday, April 1

Special Events Archive

High Life

Presented by IFFBoston and the Brattle

Filmmaker in Person!

Special Advance Screening!

  • • Admission is FREE
  • • Passes are required.  Download  and print your pass. (Adobe Acrobat is required to open and print the pass.)
  • • Please arrive early. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and is NOT guaranteed. Theatre is not responsible for seating over capacity.
2018 • dir Claire Denis w/Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Mia Goth,
André Benjamin • 110 min • DCP

There’s a reason Claire Denis inspires abiding fandom among cinephiles. As a filmmaker, she is completely free. She has made love stories, crime movies, coming-of-age, even horror. She transformed Herman Melville’s Billy Budd into a widely acknowledged masterpiece, BEAU TRAVAIL. Her films are intensely focused on the truth of human behaviour wherever that may take her—and us. So, it is both perfectly normal and pleasantly surprising that Denis would set her newest film in space.

The destination is the black hole within closest reach of Earth. The spaceship’s crew is a collection of dangerous prisoners, last-chancers with nothing left to lose. At first Monte (Robert Pattinson) is the only crew member awake, rigorously tending to the ship to keep them all alive as they hurtle through space. But Monte is also caring for a baby daughter, born on board. This anomaly is only the first sign of the chaos to come. As Monte’s self-discipline slips, the crew awakens and conflicts erupt. In the years since the TWILIGHT series, Pattinson has sought out increasingly challenging roles with some of the world’s best filmmakers. Here, Denis uses both the beauty and the enigma he presents to the camera to electric effect.

Working again with the brilliant Juliette Binoche, supported by a cast that includes André Benjamin and Mia Goth, Denis guides her actors into daring new territory. Some scenes in HIGH LIFE may shock, but they are only steps on the path to the revelation this film offers. Denis pushes her own space exploration into realms that at times recall the science fiction of Stanley Kubrick and Andrei Tarkovsky. But this film carries a fearless curiosity that is Denis’ own.

— Toronto International Film Festival guide

Part of the Brattle’s series The Good Works of Claire Denis:

“This kinky, often grotesque melding of genre science-fiction with all-out body horror is an audacious project, but the scope of its ambition is cleverly reined in by the low-key presentation, its more salacious potential muted down to an insistent threatening hum.

“At once a grand departure and the same film Denis has been making all her life, HIGH LIFE deals in a kind of metaphorical colonization, in the violence inherent in interpersonal relations between men and women, and in the perversity of (especially female) desire. But it also goes further in sorrowfulness than Denis has gone before, becoming, for the viewer who can bear it, a film orphaned by almost inexpressible loneliness and grief, in which humanity is marooned between physics and biology, the earth and the cosmos, reaching out for the infinite but tied to an eternally dying body, and lost forever in the moment we realize we’ll never get where we’re going, but have come too far to ever go home again.”
– Jessica Kiang, Variety

Ticket Information:

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Monday 4/1
at 7:00 PM

Brattle passes accepted. Special, Usher, and Producer members may reserve seats in advance [instructions]. Regular & Dual Members may redeem passes at the box office pending availability.