“Little Joe”: Science fiction premiere on Arte

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Miracle of research: A special purple flower is said to make people happier with its scent. But the plant is not entirely harmless. Her developer will soon experience this very closely.

Each of us has enough worries. Wouldn’t it be much nicer if you could just be carefree and happy? Such a means to happiness would be a promising business idea for biotech companies. The Austrian Jessica Hausner pursues exactly this thought in her science fiction “Little Joe”. In the film on Wednesday at 8:15 p.m Art running, the modern achievement suddenly becomes a danger for the people.

Alice, a single mother, is an ambitious researcher working on a genetically modified plant. In fact, she manages the seemingly impossible: if you take good care of the plant with the pretty purple flower and talk to it, it releases a substance that makes people happy through hormones.

Little Joe is a science fiction horror thriller

Alice and her assistant Chris have the best of intentions. They want to use the plant as an antidepressant, and they expect it to be a big hit at the next plant show.

A few tests are still necessary to rule out side effects, but Alice (Emily Beecham) takes one of these plants home for her son Joe. But then “Little Joe,” as they dubbed the flower, seems to take on a strange — and extremely dangerous — life of its own. Soon it is no longer possible to tell which person is under the spell of “Little Joe” and who is not

Director Hausner (“Amour Fou”, “Lourdes”) raises questions about how we deal with supposedly groundbreaking achievements. She stages this with artistically stylized images: the brightly colored flowers, for example, stand out in contrast to the sterile laboratory and the white coats of the scientists.

Arte also shows “Snowpiercer”

Above all, however, it is the unusual story that is remembered for longer. Because what initially seems like a science fiction story soon develops into a thriller and horror film – which manages without any shock effects, but instead relies on subliminal tension. The film won many awards. Emily Beecham won Best Actress at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

Director Hausner was nominated for the Palme d’Or. Little Joe will also be followed by Snowpiercer, a film by future Parastite director and Oscar winner Bong Joon-ho.

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