Little Joe (2019)

Austrian director Jessica Hausner is one of the few contemporary filmmakers who deserves to be thought of as Kubrick’s heir, and her control over her compositions is as commanding as ever. It’s always on the move, drifting laterally or creeping forward in to reveal all of the quotidian menace that eludes the naked eye.

Little Joe only needs a few minutes to make you terrified of a simple plant – this movie will do for greenhouses what Psycho did for showers.

It begins looking down on the hothouse nurseries of England’s Planthouse Biotechnologies, where the friction between modern science and organic biology is immediately made palpable by Martin Gschlacht’s gliding camerawork and Katharina Wöppermann’s woodsy score (the music nods to everything from Japanese ghost stories to giallo freakouts and eventually uses strings in a way that sounds like dogs barking their heads off).

David Ehrlich, IndieWire

  • Orig. title: Little Joe
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: N/A
  • Distribution: Coproduction Office
  • Print source: Coproduction Office
  • Cinematography: Martin Gschlacht
  • Editing: Karina Ressler
  • Music:
  • Sound: Erik Mischijev, Matz Müller
  • Production design: Katharina Wöppermann