Little Joe

105 mins | Rated 12A | Horror/fantasy/sci-fi Drama
Directed by Jessica Hausner | Starring Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox

At a laboratory developing new plants, Alice (Emily Beecham) and Chris (Ben Whishaw) create a species with a scent designed to induce happiness; Alice names it Little Joe after her son. Then several incidents make the divorcée wonder whether contact with the flower might have subtle but very serious side effects… Everything about Hausner’s movie – the inventive script, the crisp, fluid camerawork, the use of Teiji Ito’s haunting music and the carefully nuanced performances – is a model of expressive precision, exhibiting an astute grasp of the psychological and social dynamics of the workplace, family, parenthood and gender relations. Crucially, Hausner maintains a satisfying ambiguity as to why characters behave as they do and what that might mean, producing a philosophically intriguing, consistently compelling cinematic enigma.
Director Jessica Hausner, Producer Bruno Wagner, Martin Gschlacht, Jessica Hausner, Philippe Bober, Bertrand Faivre, Gerardine O'Flynn. Principle Cast Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox, Kit Connor, David Wilmot, Phénix Brossard, Sebastian Hülk, Lindsay Duncan

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