Re: General Movie Discussion Thread Part VIII
Talking of 2019 films, I watched High Life. Claire Denis films often fail to connect with me despite me having a great appreciation of her direction. This one connected. Maybe something to do with it being within a genre I love, or maybe it's that this isn't quite as hard to grasp from a narrative POV as some of her other work. And that's weird to say considering this basically throws the rules out the window, especially in terms of any sort of traditional sci fi narrative. Denis' elliptical style is here in full force, and it couldn't work any better than it does in the context of this story and this setting. It's disturbing, bleak and occasionally scary, but the climax seems to offer some semblance of... something. Whether it's hope, love, perseverance, life or something more mysterious I'm not really sure, but it's absolutely visceral and powerful. While it isn't my favourite film of the year, it's easily the most interesting, mysterious and thought provoking that I've seen.