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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.


Jessica Hausner


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 Phénix Brossard ... Ric
Sebastian Hülk ... Ivan
Lindsay Duncan ... Psychotherapist
Jessie Mae Alonzo Jessie Mae Alonzo ... Selma (as Jessie-Mae Alonzo)
Andrew Rajan 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


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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French visa # 151913. See more »


The plant, "Little Joe", has no leaves, so that it cannot produce chlorophyll. See more »


References Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (1995) See more »


Composed by Teiji Ito
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Dry, slow but more technically proficient reimagining of Invasion of the Body Snatchers

I'll break this review down into three sections; Performance, Production, Plot.

Performance. Everyone is pretty much spot on. All the performances are reserved, which aids the intrigue of whether or not they've been infected and even when you're certain their performances always seem to leave you with a sense of doubt.

Production. This is the highlight of the movie. The sound design (both soundtrack and environmental) do a great job creating a sense of discomfort and foreboding. The costume and set design is beautiful and clinical, but also with great touches of vibrance.

Plot. By far the weakest area in the film and unfortunately what lets the film down. The idea is interesting and the way it's developed is interesting too, but plot points are often contrived or out of place and ultimately too little happens over too long a space of time to keep you fully engaged.

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Release Date:

6 December 2019 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$10,626, 8 December 2019

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1.85 : 1
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