WHO’S IN IT?
Emily Beecham (Daphne), Ben Whishaw (The Personal History of David Copperfield), Kerry Fox (Bright Star), Kit Connor (The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society), David Wilmot (The Guard), Phénix Brossard (Benjamin), Jason Cloud (film debut), Sebastian Hülk (The White Ribbon), Leanne Best (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool), Lindsay Duncan (Birdman), Goran Kostić (The Zookeeper’s Wife
WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?
Jessica Hausner (Lourdes), director, writer, producer; Géraldine Bajard (The Edge), writer; Martin Gschlacht (Amour Fou), producer, cinematographer; Philippe Bober (The Square), Bertrand Faivre (Late Bloomers), Gerardine O’Flynn (Slow West) and Bruno Wagner (The Wall), producers; Karina Ressler (Crossing Boundaries), editor
WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
Alice (Beecham) is a scientist who has developed a new breed of flower which, if properly looked after, makes its owners feel happy. She names the flower “Little Joe” after her young son Joe (Connor), and even takes one home with her for him to keep. However, when Joe and some of Alice’s colleagues become exposed to the flower’s pollen, they begin to act rather strangely…
IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?
Austrian filmmaker Jessica Hausner’s English-language debut is a quietly disturbing thriller that takes after Invaders of the Body Snatchers with its premise, but also after the likes of Stanley Kubrick with its style.