Little Joe

Jessica Hausner’s first English-language feature is a pleasingly cool, witty and unsettling story of the pitfalls of placing too much trust in everyday science.

The screening on Saturday 12 October is a Parent and Baby screening (restricted to children under one, with up to two adults accompanying a baby).

Dir Jessica Hausner
Prod Bruno Wagner, Bertrand Faivre, Philippe Bober, Martin Gschlacht, Jessica Hausner, Gerardine O'Flynn
Scr Jessica Hausner, Géraldine Bajard
With Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox
UK Distribution BFI Distribution

At a laboratory developing new plants, Alice (Emily Beecham) and Chris (Ben Whishaw) create a species with a scent designed to induce happiness; Alice names it Little Joe after her son. Then several incidents make the divorcée wonder whether contact with the flower might have subtle but very serious side effects… Everything about Hausner’s movie – the inventive script, the crisp, fluid camerawork, the use of Teiji Ito’s haunting music and the carefully nuanced performances – is a model of expressive precision, exhibiting an astute grasp of the psychological and social dynamics of the workplace, family, parenthood and gender relations. Crucially, Hausner maintains a satisfying ambiguity as to why characters behave as they do and what that might mean, producing a philosophically intriguing, consistently compelling cinematic enigma.

Geoff Andrew

Festival guests

These members of the filmmaking team are expected to attend the festival:

  • Jessica Hausner, director; Philippe Bober, producer; Geraldine Bajard, screenwriter; Emily Beecham, cast; Kerry Fox, cast.

See the full list of visiting festival guests. Please note that we can't guarantee guest attendance at any particular screening.

Filmmakers’ attendance made possible thanks to Austrian Cultural Forum London.