Actor Robert Pattinson and director Claire Denis expound on their cerebral new sci-fi movie High Life.
Robert Pattinson has pursued an eclectic career since becoming a pop culture icon as Edward in the Twilight movies. Instead of cashing in on his fame via one blockbuster role after another, he has pursued a largely off-beat path, working with directors outside the Hollywood system such as David Cronenberg on Maps to the Stars and Cosmopolis, David Michod on The Rover and James Gray on The Lost City of Z. So it makes sense that he has now teamed with French filmmaker Claire Denis, the iconoclastic artist behind movies like Beau Travail (1999), Trouble Every Day (2001), and White Material (2009).
In High Life, Denis’ first foray into science fiction--although she hesitates to call it that--Pattinson plays Monte, one of a group of criminals who exchange their sentences for an experimental voyage to a black hole.