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CLAIRE DENIS — HIGH LIFE

HIGH LIFE is a space mystery and it’s a new film directed by Claire Denis, which are the only two things you need to know before going to see it.

(But between your first and second viewing, you’ll want to read as much as you can. And remember that one of Denis’ favorite songs is The Beach Boys‘ “In My Room”—which is not in the film.)

HIGH LIFE

Now playing

Arclight Hollywood

6360 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles.

The Landmark

10850 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles.

From top: Juliette Binoche and Robert Pattinson in High Life (2018); Binoche, Lars Eidinger, Mia Goth, Pattinson, and Claire Tran; André Benjamin; Jessie Ross and Pattinson. Images courtesy A24.

GASPAR NOÉ’S CLIMAX

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CLIMAX might have just as easily been called Gaspar’s Inferno, so intensely does it portray a descent into a hellish state after its divinely physical first half. Pairing his usual boundary-pushing sex-and-drugs fixation with a vital presentation of wildly exuberant dance and movement, Gaspar Noé has made a film that’s seductive in its rhythms and bold visualization of his young dancers’ sometimes beautiful, other times brutal somatic expressiveness.” – Todd McCarthy*

Noé won the Art Cinema Award tonight at the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. (Last year’s winner – Chloé Zhao‘s The Rider – is in cinemas now.)

CLIMAX – which will be released in the States by A24 – stars Sofia Boutella, who also appears in the Fahrenheit 451 remake, premiering on HBO this weekend.

hollywoodreporter.com/climax

See: vulture.com/gaspar-climax

Climax, directed by Gaspar Noé. Image credit: A24.

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SEAN BAKER’S FLORIDA PROJECT

THE FLORIDA PROJECTSean Baker’s carnivalesque follow-up to Tangerine—plays like a prequel to last year’s American Honey (directed by Andrea Arnold). Orlando wild child Moonee (the extraordinary Brooklynn Prince) could easily grow up to be Krystal (Riley Keough), who oversees Honey‘s ragged troupe of young magazine-subscription hawkers.

Or Moonee could end up like her Mom (Florida Project’s Bria Vinaite), a twenty-something caught in an endless spiral of survival prostitution, bootleg perfume sales, and interchangeable motel rooms, just outside the walls of the Magic Kingdom.

This sun-kissed slice of early-twenty-first-century Americana is one for the ages. Willem Dafoe co-stars as the motel manager trying to hold it all together.

THE FLORIDA PROJECT, now playing.

ARCLIGHT HOLLYWOOD, 6360 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles.

arclightcinemas.com/movie/the-florida-project

LANDMARK, 10850 West Pico Boulevard, Rancho Park, Los Angeles.

landmarktheatres.com/los-angeles/the-landmark/film-info/the-florida-project

Willem Dafoe and Brooklynn Prince in The Florida Project (2017).

Image credit: A24.

The Florida Project

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