A24 has unveiled the first trailer for High Life, an upcoming sci-fi film from acclaimed French filmmaker Claire Denis (Beau travail, Let the Sunshine In).
Robert Pattinson plays Monte, a man – with a baby daughter – who is one of the last survivors of a mission into deep space. The mission had death-row inmates on board to take part in science experiments led by a doctor (Juliette Binoche), but they have all vanished. As their craft heads towards a black hole, Monte begins to uncover what’s really going on. Something like that anyway.
The film has been receiving a lot of critical praise on the festival circuit. Indeed, it looks great, but it’s probably best not to go to this one expecting something in line with the trailer below. Reviewers have been describing it as more of an artier, slower sci-fi film, with a focus on mood and rhythm as opposed to something in the vein of your Interstellars or Event Horizons.
A24 has crafted trailers that line up more mainstream audiences before, but that’s led to disappointment from people heading in with the wrong thing in mind. Horror films The Witch, Hereditary and It Comes at Night, for example, were marketed as more straightforward, typical scare fests, leading to some let downs for those unaware of the pensive tones and measured approaches the films would hold.
High Life, also starring Mia Goth and André Benjamin, will be hitting US cinemas on April 12.
Official synopsis for High Life:
Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to deep space. The crew—death-row inmates led by a doctor (Juliette Binoche) with sinister motives—has vanished. As the mystery of what happened onboard the ship is unraveled, father and daughter must rely on each other to survive as they hurtle toward the oblivion of a black hole. A staggering and primal film about love and intimacy, suffused with anguished memories of a lost Earth, High Life is a haunting, thrilling achievement from visionary director Claire Denis.