As Claire Denis' sci-fi "High Life" has been coming together over the fall, details about the director's most ambitious effort yet have come in fits and starts. We know that Robert Pattinson, Patricia Arquette, and Mia Goth will star in the movie penned by Denis, acclaimed novelist Zadie Smith and Nick Laird about a group of skilled criminals who trade in facing jail time and capital punishment for agreeing to participate in a likely fatal government space mission, where they will be tasked with finding alternate energy sources and will be part of human reproduction experiments. Like I said, it's ambitious, and now even more has been revealed about the project that sounds pretty damn great.
Screen Daily has the latest intel, and the plot is even more layered, and we'll just let it speak for itself. Here you go:
The film follows the character of Monte a few years after the mission’s launch as he raises his daughter, Willow, in complete isolation on the empty spacecraft as it heads towards its final destination, a black hole.
He fathered Willow against his will after his sperm was used to inseminate another convict in space as part of the experiment. In the process of raising her, however, he comes to experience real love for the first time in his life.
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Meanwhile, the talent on the film expands well beyond the director, writers, and cast. Cinematographer Agnès Godard is lensing, Tindersticks frontman Stuart Staples is providing the music and sound design, Leos Carax's editor Nelly Quettier is on board, and so too is physicist, black-hole expert, and the film's scientific advisor Aurélien Barrau.
Production on "High Life" begins this summer, so we probably won't be seeing this until 2017. But it already sounds like it will be worth the wait.