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Little Joe (2019)



Critic Consensus: Little Joe's unorthodox approach may baffle horror fans lured in by its premise -- but like its title character, the end result exerts a creepy thrall.

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Alice, a single mother, is a dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. She has engineered a very special crimson flower, remarkable not only for its beauty but also for its therapeutic value: if kept at the ideal temperature, fed properly and spoken to regularly, this plant makes its owner happy. Against company policy, Alice takes one home as a gift for her teenage son, Joe. They christen it 'Little Joe' but as it grows, so too does Alice's suspicion that her new creations may not be as harmless as their nickname suggests.

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Kerry Fox
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Leanne Best
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The first English-language film by Austrian filmmaker Jessica Hausner Little Joe is as slick and as intelligent as anything she has made previously.

July 1, 2021 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

This agonisingly slow pseudo sci-fi has camera moves, performances and lines of dialogue that. Seem. To. Take. An. Eternity. To. Deliver. Without. Much. Impact. Or. Dramatic. Pay Off.

February 24, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's a little film. But it's epic.

February 24, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

For some, Little Joe may seem too sterile to engage emotionally, but I found it glassily unsettling - even more so on second viewing. Inhale at your peril.

February 23, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Hausner and co-writer Géraldine Bajard present a nightmare in pastel colours in this breathtaking modern sci-fi.

February 21, 2020 | Rating: 4/5

By eschewing fast-paced suspense Hausner takes the sting out of her story, instead showcasing a bold aesthetic sense that feels like an exciting taste of what's to come.

February 19, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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