Little Joe

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Austria | 2019 | 105 minutes | Jessica Hausner

January 24 - 26, 2020

When Alice (Emily Beecham) engineers a new flower in the laboratory where she works, it's celebrated by for its ability to manufacture happiness in people. But is the flower replacing an essential aspect of what it means to be human?

Naming the flower Little Joe after her son Joe (Kit Connor), Alice smuggles home one as a gift for him. But when her son forms an unnatural attachment to the flower, and an unpopular co-worker (Kerry Fox) a history of mental illness begins to offer up paranoid warnings about the plant, wither perspective on the work at hand shifts as she slowly becomes aware that all may not be as it seems. Often hailed as the natural successor to Stanley Kubrick, Austrian director Jessica Hausner (Amour Fou, Lourdes) delivers a hypnotic and updated take on Invasion of the Body Snatchers in this sci-fi thriller with strong parallels to the real world.

"Like many heavily designed films that speak from a conceptual great height, Little Joe allows us only a narrow field of emotional engagement moving between discomfort to dread with a side of mordant comedy. But that leaves us free to toggle between a fairy tale of the Grimm variety and a hyper-realist story of science, nature, and the contemporary female psyche."—Ella Taylor, NPR

  • Director: Jessica Hausner
  • Principal Cast: Emily Beecham, Kerry Fox, Ben Whishaw, Kit Connor
  • Country: Austria, Great Britain, Germany
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 105 minutes
  • Screenplay: Jessica Hausner, Geraldine Bajard
  • Cinematographers: Martin Gschlacht
  • Language: English