Austria, UK, Germany


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.

Director's Biography

Jessica Hausner was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1972. She studied Directing at the Film Academy of Vienna where she made the award-winning short films FLORA (1996) and INTER-VIEW (1999). In 2001, her debut feature film, LOVELY RITA premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in Un Certain Regard. She returned to Un Certain Regard with her second feature, HOTEL in 2004. In 2009, LOURDES was selected in Competition at the Venice Film Festival where it was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize. AMOUR FOU was Hausner’s third film to be presented in Un Certain Regard, where it premiered in 2014. LITTLE JOE is Jessica Hausner’s fifth feature film and her English-language debut.

2014 - AMOUR FOU
2009 - LOURDES
2004 - HOTEL
1999 - INTER-VIEW, short
1995 - FLORA, short

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Jessica Hausner

Written by: Jessica Hausner, Géraldine Bajard

Produced by: Bruno Wagner, Martin Gschlacht, Jessica Hausner, Bertrand Faivre, Gerardine O'Flynn, Philippe Bober

Cinematography: Martin Gschlacht

Editing: Karina Ressler

Production Design: Katharina Wöppermann

Costume Design: Tanja Hausner

Make-Up & Hair: Heiko Schmidt, Kerstin Gaecklein

Sound: Matz Müller, Malcolm Cromie, Erik Mischijev

Animation: Markus Weisskircher

Cast: Emily Beecham (Alice), Ben Whishaw (Chris), Kerry Fox (Bella)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2019