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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.

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Jessica Hausner
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Credited cast:
Emily Beecham ... Alice Woodard
Ben Whishaw ... Chris
Kerry Fox ... Bella
Kit Connor ... Joe Woodard
Phénix Brossard Phénix Brossard ... Ric
Leanne Best ... Brittany
Andrew Rajan Andrew Rajan ... Jasper
David Wilmot ... Karl
Goran Kostic ... Mr. Simic
Yana Yanezic ... Mrs. Simic
Sebastian Hülk ... Ivan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jessie Mae Alonzo Jessie Mae Alonzo ... Selma
Phoebe Austen ... Ella
Jason Cloud ... Student
Lindsay Duncan ... Psychotherapist
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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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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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References Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (1995) See more »

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Composed by Teiji Ito
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Flawed in every department, typical critic love fest
6 December 2019 | by namstonkSee all my reviews

So it's a modern day take on an old sci-fi classic, with a slight twist, fine we understand that quick enough. However, it fails in direction completely, cold acting with warm and pastal colours is just a cliche. The lead actor centre stage and holding the shot whilst (kabuki) music plays (clearly thinks it has something to do with ikebana) gives an ominous feel, REALLY. You care nothing for the characters, why should you, that's the premise of the film. As for the soundtrack, well it is very annoying, a drum here, an asthmatic whistle there, a tin can, what sounds like a box of chihuahua's, just annoys the viewer. The style, it tries but falls flat, the plant is shown in vivid pink, alluding to the passion it feels, the lead actor originally wears bold colours but then the pastoral colours come in later, why they have to wear 70's clothing to allow this when the rest of the film is clearly in the here and now god knows. A typical critics film from a director who believes their own hype finding what they need to find in films as their own lives are one dimensional and so far from a real film goer. Don't even start on the dialogue. A ten minute short would give you a better experience.


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Release Date:

6 December 2019 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$10,626, 8 December 2019

Gross USA:

$23,862

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$196,960
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