Cannes 2019: Reviews on LITTLE JOE by Jessica Hausner
a mordant, amusing movie from the Austrian director Jessica Hausner.
Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
This does not prevent this virtuoso film from being irrefutably modern, from putting the sacrilegious audacity of science
at the service of the most corrosive satire and the most vertiginous existential questions.
Thomas Sotinel, Le Monde
She holds us in a refined trance, tantalized with fascination at whats waiting around the corner. Keeping her camera
moving with slow-glide voyeurism, she turns those plants into disquieting creatures even when theyre just
sitting there being their innocent selves.
Hausner gets pinpoint performances out of her actors, and she needs to, since so much of Little Joe pivots around
the subtlest of personality shadings.
Owen Gleiberman, Variety
The intriguing atmosphere is boosted substantially by the smart use of sound panicky metallic squealsshred our nerves
and particularly music: angular, jagged pieces written by Japanese composer Teiji Ito inthe early 1970s which elegantly
complement the striking precision of the cinematography.
Wendy Ide, Screen International
...the latest masterful psychodrama from Austrian powerhouse Jessica Hausner
Hausner is one of the few contemporary filmmakers who deserves to be thought of as Kubricks heir, and her control over
her compositions is as commanding as ever... Little Joe only needs a few minutes to make you terrified of a simple plant
this movie will do for greenhouses what Psycho did for showers."
David Ehrlich, IndieWire
... direction artistique au scalpel, dont la somptueuse palette chromatique semble compléter scrupuleusement de la rousseur
de lhéroïne ...
Julien Gester, Libération
the design is sumptuous. Hausners regular photographer, the amazing Martin Gschlacht, does dazzling things with
ultraviolet reflections under all this glass. The effects job on the flowers, with their quivering, fast-growing red tendrils
like a sea anemones fronds, feels as distinctive as the musical score, a repurposed suite of tracks by the Japanese
composer Teiji Ito, which create an unsettling fairytale vibe
Tim Robey, The Telegraph