Friday 24 May 2019

High Life review: 'A wonderfully icky sci-fi horror'

5 stars

Robert Pattinson in High Life
Robert Pattinson in High Life
Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

The tagline for this wonderfully icky sci-fi horror might well have been, ‘in space, no one can hear you come’.

Claire Denis’s film stars Robert Pattinson as the sole surviving crew member of a ragged spaceship floating aimlessly through deep space.

He spends his days patching it up, his evenings tending, with dead eyes, to a baby girl, and in flashbacks we find out how she and he got there.

The ship was full of criminal outcasts being coaxed into procreation by a snarling dominatrix-like medic called Dibs (Juliette Binoche).

Eroticism is encouraged through a machine called the ‘sex box’, but the whole experiment goes horribly wrong.

This is a dark, gripping, unsettling film, in which human needs engulf the delusions of ethics.

(18, 113mins)

Irish Independent

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