Little Joe

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Little Joe

Jessica Hausner
A/GB/D, 2019
Features, 105min, OmdU

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Little Joe

Jessica Hausner
A/GB/D, 2019
Features, 105min, OmdU

Sat
26
Oct
20:15
Gartenbaukino
Sun
27
Oct
12:00
Gartenbaukino
Cast: 
Emily Beecham
Alice
Ben Whishaw
Chris
Kerry Fox
Bella
Kit Connor
Joe
David Wilmot
Karl
Phénix Brossard
Ric
Screenplay: 
Jessica Hausner
Géraldine Bajard
Sound: 
Erik Mischijev
Matz Müller
Camera: 
Martin Gschlacht
Editor: 
Karina Ressler
Composer: 
C
Decoration: 
Katharina Wöppermann
Costume: 
Tanja Hausner

Production: 
Coop 99
The Bureau
Essential Films
World Sales: 
Coproduction Office
Distribution in Austria: 
Filmladen
Format: 
DCP
Color

Wouldn’t it be perfect to grow happiness in one’s home? Alice Woodard promises exactly that. She works at a corporation breeding genetically enhanced plants. Her newly-developed “Little Joe” model is promoted as a “mood-lifting happy plant”, although the effect doesn’t come for free. “What this plant really needs is love.” Watering will not do with Little Joe. It requires stronger commitment. When Alice takes a prototype specimen home, where her pubescent son Joe is frequently alone, as his mother is a bit of a workaholic, things start to get eerie. Little Joe releases a substance that travels through the nose and straight into the brain. Alice may have gone too far with her manipulations: She conceived of Little Joe as sterile, unable to reproduce. “It’s not natural”, warns Bella, an older colleague. Nature lies strictly beyond the frame in Jessica Hausner’s rigidly detached lab thriller: This future of pervasive perfectability make for a special breed of inhabitants. Everything is discomfortingly stylish about this vision of a not-so-distant world: the costumes, the interior designs, the restrained acting. The strongest effect, though, is the soundtrack, based on works by the Japanese avant-garde composer Teiji Ito. (Bert Rebhandl)

In the presence of Jessica Hausner and Martin Gschlacht (camera).

Jessica Hausner: FLORA (1995, K), INTER-VIEW (1999), LOVELY RITA (2001), HOTEL (2004), TOAST (2006), LOURDES (2009), AMOUR FOU (2014)