Claire Denis' High Life reportedly had an underwhelming showing at Roy Thomson Hall during last month's Toronto Film Festival. I was told by a journalist pal that half the audience had bolted by the time it ended, partly because it had begun late but mainly, he said, because the science-fiction drama had injected a certain lethargy. From that moment on I had no interest. I can smell trouble, and you can't trust the big-name critics as they're all in the tank for Denis.

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