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Little Joe (2019)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 6 December 2019 (USA)
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Alice, a single mother, is a dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. Against company policy, she takes one home as a gift for her teenage son and names it after him but soon starts fearing it.

Director:

Jessica Hausner

Writers:

Jessica Hausner, Géraldine Bajard (as Geraldine Bajard)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emily Beecham ... Alice
Ben Whishaw ... Chris
Kerry Fox ... Bella
Kit Connor ... Joe
David Wilmot ... Karl
Phénix Brossard ... Ric
Sebastian Hülk ... Ivan
Lindsay Duncan ... Psychotherapist
Jessie Mae Alonzo Jessie Mae Alonzo ... Selma (as Jessie-Mae Alonzo)
Andrew Rajan ... Jasper
Marie Noel Marie Noel ... Colleague 3 (as Marie Noel Ntwa Ydjumbwiths)
Goran Kostic ... Mr. Simic
Yana Yanezic ... Mrs. Simic
Leanne Best ... Mother
Phoebe Austin Phoebe Austin ... Girl
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Storyline

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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Happiness is a Business


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Awards:
  • Prix d'Interprétation Féminine: Emily Beecham (Cannes International Film Festival, 2019)
  • Grand Prix du Festival International de Science Fiction Utopiales (Poitiers, 2019)
  • Mention Spéciale du Jury au Festival Européen du Film Fantastique (Strasbourg, 2019).
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The plant, "Little Joe", has no leaves, so that it cannot produce chlorophyll. See more »


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Happiness Business
Written, produced and performed by Markus Binder.
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Interesting, but it falls short.
9 December 2019 | by pickleinabagSee all my reviews

Im sure that you have read that this is a more modern retelling of invasion of the body snatchers. Don't think of it that way though. If you compare the 2 then my rating for this would go down. This feels more like a pretentious indie movie rather than a horror. The whole thing being about a flower was interesting, but the characters are boring and uninteresting. Which is disappointing considering that is what is supposed to hold this movie together. There isn't really a satisfying climactic scene that the movie builds up to and there is a ton of build up. The music in the movie was really odd to say the least and sometimes annoying. What can I say, I feel as if I wasted a lot of time on this movie.


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Country:

Austria | UK | Germany | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,626, 8 December 2019

Gross USA:

$23,862

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$201,551
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1.85 : 1
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