"Little Joe": a science fiction film on genetic manipulation, Prize for female interpretation at Cannes

Little Joe: a science fiction film on genetic manipulation, Prize for female interpretation at Cannes

Noticed in Cannes in the section Un certain regard in 2014 with Amour fou, & nbsp; freely adapted from the suicidal life of romantic poet Heinrich von Kleist, Austrian director Jessica Hausner & nbsp; goes to a radically different register, with Little Joe, a film by science fiction on genetic manipulation released Wednesday, November 13. In competition at the last Cannes Film Festival, the film was awarded the Prize for female interpretation, awarded to British actress Emily Beecham.

A single mother living with her adolescent son, Alice (Emily Beeccham) is a brilliant phyto-geneticist working in a laboratory that works on the creation of new plants. She is developing a flower whose scent is supposed to make people happy. Called Little Joe after her son, the powers of this new plant might not be as innocent as it seems.

From the first magnificent shot on the battery culture of this very graphic red floral plant, Jessica Hausner establishes a pictorial code that will never leave the film. Based on millimeter framing, fluid traveling shots and very adjusted pastel colors, the image is not aesthetic. His voluntary coldness, consistent with his subject around science, turns out to be a real choice of staging.

Located mainly in a laboratory, the film explores on subjects that have tested the effects of Little Joe the consequences & nbsp; on their behavior. If they do prove to be appeased, if not happy after being put in contact with them, they seem to lose their personality and all the roughness that made their identity. In this Little Joe & nbsp; recalls The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, a science fiction classic signed Don Siegel in 1956, where extraterrestrial plants become the exact avatars of people they previously "asleep".

Synopsis: Alice, a single mother, is a seasoned plant breeder who works for a company specializing in the development of new plant species. She designed a very particular flower, vermilion red, remarkable both for its beauty and for its therapeutic interest. Indeed, if we keep it at the right temperature, if we feed it properly and if we talk to it regularly, the plant makes its owner happy. Alice is going to break the rules of the company by offering one of these flowers to her teenage son Joe. Together, they will baptize her "Little Joe". But, as the plant grows, Alice is seized with doubts about its creation: perhaps this plant is not ultimately as harmless as its small name suggests.

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