Little Joe is a 2019 internationally co-produced drama film directed by Jessica Hausner.
Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing on Monday, October 28, 2019 released the trailer:
Little Joe - Official Trailer.
Alice Woodard (Emily Beecham) is a plant breeder who works in a lab that focuses on creating new strains of flowers. While her colleague Bella (Kerry Fox) is failing at creating a hardy plant that will survive even weeks of undernourishment and neglect, Alice and her team have successfully created a flower that requires more care than an ordinary plant but which makes their owners happy. Alice decides to name the plants "Little Joe" in honour of her son and smuggles out one of the plants for him. The Little Joes begin to aggressively pollinate which Alice theorizes is because she has made them sterile. The same day Bella's dog, Bello, goes missing. Chris (Ben Whishaw) goes looking for him and accidentally inhales some of the pollen. Later on he takes Alice out and despite her obvious reluctance attempts to kiss her twice. The following day Bella finds Bello in the lab. He attacks her and she insists that he has changed. Chris later tells Alice that Bella is mentally ill and had previously attempted suicide before being forced on a year long sabbatical, returning only shortly before Alice began working at the lab. Alice later learns that Bella had Bello put down. Bella tells Alice that the changes to Bello were due to the plant. Alice's son is accidentally pollinated by the plant and begins to act strangely, sneaking his classmate Selma, into the lab and stealing a Little Joe. He later tells Alice that he is considering moving in with his father, Ivan. Bothered by her son's behaviour Alice begins to examine test footage of subjects who have been exposed to the pollen. In every case their family members report that they are acting strangely and have seemed to change since the pollen test. However just as Alice begins to believe Bella's suspicions, Bella is exposed to the pollen herself and dismisses her previous beliefs as paranoia due to her mental issues.
The film Little Joe was scheduled to be released on May 17, 2019 (Cannes), on November 1, 2019 (Austria), on December 13, 2019 (Turkey), on January 9, 2020 (Germany) and on February 21, 2020 (United Kingdom) by X Verleih AG, Filmladen, BFI Distribution, Coproduction Office, Bac Films, Alambique Destilaria de Ideias, Lumière, Magnolia Pictures and Cinemien.
The duration of the film is 105 minutes. The film grossed over $136,242.
Little Joe got high rating from critics.
Official website: littlejoefilm.com
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