Rent Little Joe (2019)

2.8 of 5 from 172 ratings
1h 45min
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Synopsis:
Single mother Alice (Emily Beecham) is a dedicated plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. She has engineered a very special 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, it makes its owner happy. Alice takes one home as a gift for her teenage son, Joe. They name 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.
Actors:
, , , , , , , , , , , , Phoebe Austen, Jason Cloud, , , Neil Menage, Marie Noel, Karik Samuel, Andreas Ortner
Directors:
Producers:
Philippe Bober, Bertrand Faivre, Martin Gschlacht, Jessica Hausner, Gerardine O'Flynn, Bruno Wagner
Writers:
Géraldine Bajard, Jessica Hausner
Studio:
BFI Video
Genres:
Drama, Horror, New Releases, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers
Awards:

2019 Cannes Best Actress

BBFC:
Release Date:
15/06/2020
Run Time:
105 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Jessica Hausner in Conversation (2020, 37 mins): the director and co-writer of Little Joe talks to Geoff Andrew about the film and her career to date, recorded at BFI Southbank
  • Emily Beecham on Little Joe (2020, 2 mins): the Little Joe star talks about her character and what influenced both the film and her own performance
  • Cast and crew Q and A (2019,17 mins): Jessica Hausner, co-screenwriter Geraldine Bajard and costume designer Tanja Hausner are joined by actors Emily Beecham and Kerry Fox for a post-screening talk hosted by Geoff Andrew at the 2019 London Film Festival
  • The Birth of a Flower (1910, 8 mins): Percy Smith's mesmerising early time-lapse film captures the poetry of flowers as they open their petals to the light
  • Trailer (2019)
BBFC:
Release Date:
15/06/2020
Run Time:
105 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Jessica Hausner in Conversation (2020, 37 mins): the director and co-writer of Little Joe talks to Geoff Andrew about the film and her career to date, recorded at BFI Southbank
  • Emily Beecham on Little Joe (2020, 2 mins): the Little Joe star talks about her character and what influenced both the film and her own performance
  • Cast and crew Q and A (2019,17 mins): Jessica Hausner, co-screenwriter Geraldine Bajard and costume designer Tanja Hausner are joined by actors Emily Beecham and Kerry Fox for a post-screening talk hosted by Geoff Andrew at the 2019 London Film Festival
  • The Birth of a Flower (1910, 8 mins): Percy Smith's mesmerising early time-lapse film captures the poetry of flowers as they open their petals to the light
  • Trailer (2019)

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Reviews (3) of Little Joe

Missed opportunity - Little Joe review by JB

Spoiler Alert
04/07/2020

Very interesting idea. Charlie Brooker could have developed it into an interesting episode of Black Mirror. Unfortunately, Jessica Hausner is not able to structure into a convincing narrative. It feels repetitive and predictable. Some themes are heavy handed and the over indulgent and not very subtle aesthetic (color coding…) just emphasizes the shallowness of the whole exercise. Such a waste of good actors.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Ambiguous and intriguing - Little Joe review by JB

Spoiler Alert
Updated 01/07/2020

Alice (Emily Beecham) is a scientist and a mother: two things that come into sinister contact in this odd, detached but very intriguing movie.

One evening, Alice brings back a plant to her home and her son - something she has been working on, it needs special care and attention and could revolutionise the industry. Its presence and the hormones it releases, are designed to literally make the owner happy. She names the plant Little Joe, after her son. The plant has been designed not to reproduce by itself, for commercial reasons. However, the question is, is it finding another way to live on? And is her son one of its first victims?

I thought the movie took a cue from 70s horror. It's got this stillness about it and a crisp, clinical visual sense. It's full of these washed out blues, greys and greens, punctuated by shocking reds, purples and pinks. There's this atonal, jarring soundtrack by Teiji Ito which is reminiscent of Mica Levi's work from Under the Skin. In fact, this movie has a similar otherworldly atmosphere to Under the Skin.

Director and co-writer Jessica Hausner keeps many details and character motivations ambiguous, which may frustrate some. But I found the balance between revelation and restraint, heavily weighted to the latter and not the former, really intoxicating and it kept me interested. If anything, I'd have liked more restraint especially in the film's third act, as extra plot developments do paradoxically reveal the plot's occasional lack of drama.

However, this ambiguous, detached British indie sci-fi (horror?) is visually bewitching and really gets under your skin.

1 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Dreadful - Little Joe review by JM

Spoiler Alert
19/07/2020

Sorry, but this was a dreadful film! I don't as a rule review films but feel the need to on this occasion. The plot was thin, the acting poor and the whole thing just became more and more painful as it went on. Maybe I'm missing something?

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

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