High Life (Claire Denis, 2018)

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senseabove
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High Life (Claire Denis, 2018)

#1 Post by senseabove » Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:51 pm

Well the High Life reactions have been... interesting. A good number of walkouts (and I saw one mention of walking out to throw up...), apparently, and from what I've seen most of the positive reactions have been heavily caveated that it won't be for most. I was admittedly already looking forward to this one, but I'm extra curious now, since I tend to like Denis on the jumbled-narrative end of things (though I haven't seen her more cringe-y movies to know how I fare with them).

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#2 Post by domino harvey » Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:53 pm

Given the revelation that one of the most contentious scenes involves
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Juliette Binoche and a "dildo machine"
I gotta wonder what makes this more objectionable than the comical usages in mainstream TV and film like
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It's Always Sunny and Burn After Reading

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#3 Post by Boosmahn » Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:45 pm

I clicked on this link expecting an adaptation of High Life by Matthew Stokoe, sadly, but was not disappointed.

After briefly reading the summary, I'm a bit confused:
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why are the crew members being sexually experimented on?
Isn't the purpose of the mission to find alternative energy sources?
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Re: High Life (Claire Denis, 2018)

#4 Post by senseabove » Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:57 pm

Boosmahn wrote:
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:45 pm
I clicked on this link expecting an adaptation of High Life by Matthew Stokoe, sadly, but was not disappointed.

After briefly reading the summary, I'm a bit confused:
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why are the crew members being sexually experimented on?
Isn't the purpose of the mission to find alternative energy sources?
From what I've read, Binoche's character
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is a ship doctor who turns into some sort of sexual witch doctor/dictator once everyone realizes it's a doomed mission and they're all probably going to die.
There were a few spoilery reviews late last night, if you wanna know more, but I'm trying not to spoil anything else for myself.

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#5 Post by Persona » Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:00 pm

Everything I've read makes the film sound pretty fantastic.

Jordan Cronk is one of the critics that I trust most on the festival circuit and he was totally blown away by this one, calling it a "landmark" and "visionary piece of cinema."

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#7 Post by Boosmahn » Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:27 pm

With Waves (Trey Edward Shults), Midsommar (Ari Aster), Gloria Bell, Uncut Gems (Safdie brothers), The Lighthouse (Robert Eggers), Native Son, and now this, A24 has one of their most impressive line-ups to date. And that's not even considering some of the films we don't have much information on yet.

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