#SheWatches – Little Joe

July 1, 2021


Happiness feels good, but at what sacrifice as this this unusual, thought provoking movie Little Joe suggests. It is a slow paced film yet compensated by way of constant mental stimulation on the what-if’s.  I found myself wondering that maybe we all need to smell the roses and maybe it wouldn’t be such a bad thing to be entrapped, given society today. Maybe anti-depressants could be a thing of the past, replaced by a multiple of Little Joe’s. Happiness is a business after all. 

In the real world we can’t seem to escape the concept of viruses and Little Joe would tell you it could be the real world and they are not a virus but a plant that really needs love to consequently make people feel happy.  

One can almost guarantee that European produced films will present unusual stories or twists. This Austria-UK-Germany production company has given us another, a modern sci-fi account to ponder over since it’s filming on location in Austria and the UK.

The Story

All seems to be going well for single mother Alice, a dedicated senior plant breeder for a corporation engaged in developing new species. 

Alice is clever and 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. These are definitely a special breed.

Against company policy, she takes one home as a gift for her teenage son Joe and names it Little Joe after him. But as it grows, so too does Alice become suspicious of her new creation and feels that her new child may not be as harmless as first thought and soon starts fearing it.

Be careful to listen to the whisper at the end!

Cast & Production

Written by: Jessica Hausner and Geraldine Bajard 

Director: Jessica Hausner 

Executive Producers: Rose Garnett, Mary Burke, Vincent Gadelle, Marina Perales Marhuenda, Michel Merkt 

Director of Photography: Martin Gschlacht 

Main actors:  Emily Beecham (Festival de Cannes-Best Actress), Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox


 Cinema Nova – Melbourne 

Dendy Newtown – Sydney 

Dendy Canberra – Canberra 

Five Star Cinemas, New Farm – Brisbane

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