High Life is a 2018 English-language science fiction 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. The only celibate prisoner, Monte, rejects Dibs' frequent 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. As the ship nears the black hole, the ship's captain, Chandra, cannot handle the increase in radiation and has a stroke before being euthanized by Dibs. A pregnant prisoner named Elektra is placed under cryosleep. One night, Ettore attempts to rape Boyse, but the rest of the prisoners are alerted by her screams. Monte throws Ettore off of Boyse and ruthlessly beats him, but stops short of killing him. Boyse's cellmate, Mink, kills Ettore. 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 then injects his semen into Boyse. Boyse is able to produce a healthy child, with Monte unaware that it is his. As the ship approaches the black hole, the pilot, Nansen, volunteers to take a shuttle into the black hole. However, 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 in each cryochamber into space.


Robert Pattinson
Juliette Binoche
Dr. Dibs
André Benjamin
Mia Goth
Lars Eidinger
Agata Buzek
Ewan Mitchell
Jessie Ross
Willow (Teenager)
Scarlett Lindsey
Willow (Baby)
Claire Tran
Gloria Obianyo


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

The film High Life was scheduled to be released by A24 (USA), Thunderbird Releasing (United Kingdom) and Soda Pictures on September 9, 2018 (TIFF), on November 7, 2018 (France), on April 5, 2019 (United States) and on May 10, 2019 (United Kingdom).

The duration of the film is 110 minutes. With a budget of €8 million, the film grossed over $312,366.

The film had received a "R" rating.


High Life got high rating from critics. The audience also likes the film.

External links

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