High Life is a 2018 science-fiction horror film directed by Claire Denis.

Official trailers

A24 on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 released the trailer:
High Life | Official Trailer HD | A24.

Story intro

A group of criminals serving death sentences are sent on an alternative energy finding mission in space to extract energy from a black hole. Each prisoner is treated as a guinea pig by Dr. Dibs, who is fixated on creating a child through artificial insemination, but has yet to find success. Sexual activity between prisoners is prohibited. The ship is equipped with "The Box", a device obsessively used by the crew to masturbate. Dibs murdered her own children and husband. The only celibate prisoner, Monte, rejects Dibs's sexual advances. Monte is serving a life sentence for killing his friend over his dog as a child. Monte's only friend on the ship is Tcherny, who is drawn to the garden because it reminds him of Earth. The captain, Chandra, develops leukemia due to radiation and has a stroke before being euthanized by Dibs. Pregnant prisoner Elektra dies along with her newborn infant. One night, Ettore binds Boyse and her roommate Mink to their beds and attempts to rape Boyse. Nansen, the pilot, intervenes, but Ettore overpowers her. Monte arrives and throws Ettore off Boyse, beating him but stopping short of killing him. When Monte leads Boyse away to be treated, Mink stabs Ettore to death in the hallway. Dibs begins doubling the amount of sedatives each prisoner receives. She later sneaks into Monte's cell and rapes him while he is sedated. She injects his semen into Boyse, and she produces a healthy child; Monte is unaware that it is his. As the ship approaches the black hole, the pilot, Nansen, prepares to take a shuttle into the black hole. Unbeknownst to the other prisoners, Boyse kills Nansen with a shovel and takes her place. The shuttle travels through a molecular cloud inside the black hole causing Boyse to explode from the effects of spaghettification. Mink later attacks Dibs and injures her but is then killed by Monte. A fatally injured Dibs informs Monte that the child is his before ejecting herself into space. Tcherny commits suicide by burying himself in the garden. Monte, now the only surviving prisoner, disposes of the bodies from each cryochamber into space.


Robert Pattinson
Mikołaj Gruss
young Monte
Juliette Binoche
André Benjamin
Mia Goth
Agata Buzek
Lars Eidinger
Claire Tran
Ewan Mitchell
Gloria Obianyo
Victor Banerjee
Indian Professor
Jessie Ross
Scarlette Lindsey
baby Willow
Joni Brauer
newborn Willow


Principal photography began in Cologne, Germany on 4 September 2017.

The film High Life was scheduled to be released on September 9, 2018 (TIFF), on November 7, 2018 (France), on April 5, 2019 (United States), on May 10, 2019 (United Kingdom) and on May 30, 2019 (Germany) by A24 (USA), Thunderbird Releasing (United Kingdom), Wild Bunch Distribution, NOS Audiovisuais, Front Row Filmed Entertainment, Against Gravity, Imagine Filmdistributie Nederland, Polyfilm Verleih, Spentzos Films, Transformer, Elevation Pictures and Karma Films.

The duration of the film is 110 minutes. With a budget of €8 million, the film grossed over $1.9 million.

The film had received a "R" rating.


High Life got high rating from critics. But the audience dislikes the film.

External links

Official website: a24films.com/films/high-life

Wikipedia: High Life (2018 film)

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