Featuring an ambitious narrative construction and ambiguous thematic intentions, Claire Denis' High Life is a beguiling experience which is precisely what is needed more in science fiction cinema. Rooted in a sense of existentialism related to humanity's place from both temporal and spatial perspective, High Life is a work of art that provides an ample supply of potential readings into its intentions, with its most piercing deconstruction being related to the constructs which humanity creates, for better or worse, to search for meaning or purpose. Managing to capture the inconsequential nature of human life in the vast scope of time and space while simultaneously recognizing the blessing of life, no matter how slight, High Life details at its core a moving paternal relationship on the edge of utter oblivion, managing a sense of emotional honesty while also aiming for larger existential thematic assertions. Nothing is overt or didactic in High Life, a film which creates a sense of wonder and intrigue that is more needed in contemporary science fiction cinema, with Denis establishing a wholly singular world, one which is largely dystopian yet still brooding with underlying humanism.
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