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When he came by the Deadline studio with High Life director Claire Denis and his co-star Mia Goth, Robert Pattinson found it hard to articulate how much he enjoyed working with the acclaimed French director. Praising her for risk-taking as well as her humor—the movie drew gasps for its explicit nude scenes—Pattinson said the shoot was “like going to another country”.

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The collaboration came partly at the actor’s own instigation, he said. “I’d been pursuing Claire for ages,” Pattinson recalled. “We met in LA, and I just really liked her in the meeting. [But] it was just one of those really long processes—I think it was four years later or something when we did the movie, and it’s probably been an eight-year process [in all].”

Luckily, Pattinson was a little less tongue-tied when it came to describing his character. “I play a guy called Monte,” he said, “who is a convict who’s serving a really long sentence for a crime he committed when he was a young boy. Like everyone in the crew, he’s given an option to serve science by exploring black holes and also being kind of a human guinea pig.”

But even though High Life is set in space, and involves black holes and rocket ships, the director refutes the term “sci-fi”. “It’s a story I had in mind for a long time,” she said, “of people who are so far in space, outside the solar system, that there is no return possible to earth. It is not sci-fi. It’s just human people, people from Earth, sent so far [away] that going home is not even thinkable, and the idea was that something that is not obvious would happen—something that would be a taboo [on Earth] would happen, because the situation is very different.”

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