Scientist Alice (Emily Beecham, winner of Best Actress at Cannes) develops new plants for a commercial bio company. She is very proud to have come up with a revolutionary innovation: an eye-catching red indoor plant that gives off a pollen that makes you happy. Breaking all the company rules, she takes home a prototype of the anti-depression plant. She names it after her teenage son: Little Joe.

Little Joe really does make people happier – but what are the side-effects? In this chilling thriller, the people exposed to the plant seem like cold-blooded zombies, who except for happiness feel no emotions at all. Austrian auteur Jessica Hausner (Lourdes, Amour fou) uses an oppressive, almost clinical visual style to put across the anaesthetising effects of this mysterious plant. Her first English-language film is a contemporary answer to Invasion of the Body Snatchers and a sinister reflection on the anti-depressants industry, genetically modified products and experimental bio-medical innovations.

Filmmaker
Jessica Hausner
Country
Austria, United Kingdom, Germany
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
105’
Language
English
Producer
Bruno Wagner, Martin Gschlacht, Jessica Hausner, Bertrand Faivre, Gerardine O'Flynn, Philippe Bober
Production Company
Coop99 Filmproduktion, Le Bureau, Essential Filmproduktion
Sales
Coproduction Office
Writer
Jessica Hausner, Géraldine Bajard
Cinematography
Martin Gschlacht
Editor
Karina Ressler
Production Design
Katharina Wöppermann
Sound Design
Erik Mischijew, Matz Müller
Cast
Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox, Kit Connor, David Wilmot, Phénix Brossard, Sebastian Hülk