Austria, UK, Germany, 2019, 105’
by Jessica Hausner
ANTEPRIMA ITALIANA / ITALIAN PREMIERE
Sceneggiatura/Screenplay Jessica Hausner, Géraldine Bajard – Fotografia/Cinematography Martin Gschlacht – Montaggio/Editing Karina Ressler – Suono/Sound Malcolm Cromie – Interpreti/Cast Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox, Kit Connor – Produttori/Producers Jessica Hausner, Bruno Wagner, Bertrand Faivre, Philippe Bober, Martin Gschlacht, Gerardine O’Flynn – Produzione/Production Coop99, The Bureau, Essential Filmproduktion – Distribuzione internazionale/International Distribution Coproduction Office – Distribuzione italiana/Italian Distribution Movies Inspired
Alice, a single mother, is a dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. She 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. Against company policy, Alice takes one home as a gift for her teenage son, Joe. They christen it ‘Little Joe’ but as it grows, so too does Alice’s suspicion that her new creations may not be as harmless as their nickname suggests.