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290 Ratings

Little Joe

Directed by Jessica Hausner
Austria, United Kingdom, 2019
Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller


Single mother Alice is a dedicated plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. She has engineered a special crimson flower: if kept at the ideal temperature and spoken to regularly, it makes its owner happy. Against company policy, Alice takes one home for her teenage son, Joe.

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Little Joe Directed by Jessica Hausner
Little Joe lacks the pathos of Lourdes (a film as much about the mystery of human behaviour as of divine miracles) or 2014’s Amour Fou, functioning like Hotel as a kind of artfully affectless genre piece.
February 19, 2020
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These particulars of color and cut typify Hausner’s talents for precise (but never obsessive) compositions: a mise-en-scène that delights the eye while disquieting the mind. Even a detail as seemingly insignificant as the contents of the dessert case at the Planthouse cafeteria rivets.
December 13, 2019
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Directed by the Austrian filmmaker Jessica Hausner with a detachment more professorial than wry, “Little Joe” manages to exert a peculiar pull in spite of being constructed with material you’ve likely seen elsewhere.
December 05, 2019
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