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