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Synopsis

LITTLE JOE follows Alice (Emily Beecham), a single mother and dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. She has engineered a 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 their plant grows, so too does Alice's suspicion that her new creation may not be as harmless as its nickname suggests.

Cast

  • Emily Beecham
  • Ben Whishaw
  • Kerry Fox
  • Kit Connor
  • Phénix Brossard
  • Leanne Best
  • Andrew Rajan
  • David Wilmot
  • Goran Kostic
  • Yana Yanezic

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  • French visa # 151913.
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Metacritic

70
May 17, 2019

Boldly synthetic in its approach, in everything from colour palette to performance style, this film won’t be for everyone. And the fact that it defies easy categorisation might present a marketing challenge. But for those who engage with it, this oddly off-kilter piece of storytelling should exert a pull every bit as mesmerising as any genetically modified mood-enhancing shrub.

Metacritic review by Wendy Ide
Wendy Ide
Screen International
20
May 17, 2019

A lifeless, tone-deaf variation on Invasion of the Body Snatchers. ... There’s just nothing going on here with which to engage your interest, nor is there a single moment to even slightly increase the viewer’s pulse rate.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter
70
May 17, 2019

[A] sci-fi head trip ... If the film can be somewhat unsubtle in its thematic questions, it matches that with an equally loud color palette – and you know what, that’s perfectly fine.

Metacritic review by Ben Croll
Ben Croll
TheWrap