The reviews out of the New York Film Festival for Claire Denis' High Life - the forthcoming sci-fi epic starring Robert Pattinson, Mia Goth, Andre Benjamin and Juliette Binoche - were hard to ignore. In between breathlessly-delivered bits of praise were hints as to how aggressively weird this movie is.
I won't bother recounting all of those hints to you now (you may well want to go into this movie totally blind!), but just as a for instance: one common observation from critics was the fact that the spaceship at the center of High Life contains something called a "Fuck Room".
Anyway, here's the film's first trailer.
Yeah, this looks right up our alley - mysterious, sinister, sexy, maybe even a little psychedelic? Combine all that with such an interesting cast and Denis in the director's chair, and this is a movie we need to see immediately.
Here's an official plot synopsis, as that trailer's admittedly pretty vague:
"Deep space. Beyond our solar system. Monte and his infant daughter Willow live together aboard a spacecraft, in complete isolation. A solitary man, whose strict self-discipline is a protection against desire –his own and that of others– Monte fathered the girl against his will. His sperm was used to inseminate Boyse, the young woman who gave birth to her. They were members of a crew of prisoners: space convicts, death row inmates. Guinea pigs sent on a mission to the black hole closest to Earth. Now only Monte and Willow remain. And Monte is changed. Through his daughter, for the first time, he experiences the birth of an all-powerful love. Willow grows, becoming a young girl, then a young woman."
Say no more, fam. We're in.
Unfortunately, A24 (who, perhaps unsurprisingly, is the distributor handling High Life's release) has yet to set a release date for Denis' film, but you can bet your ass we'll be keeping our ears to the ground for an update on that front, and will let you know as soon as we hear more.
You folks feeling this one as much as we are, or think you'll give it a pass? Sound off in the comments below.