Alice Woodard (Emily Beecham) is a plant breeder and single mother who creates “Little Joe,” a plant that gives its caretakers joy.
She names the plant after her son “Joe” and even sneaks one of the plants out of the facility so Joe can bond with it.
The plant is said to respond positively to attention and likes for people to talk to it.
The Little Joes begin to aggressively pollinate which Alice theorizes is because she has made them sterile.
Suddenly co-workers and even her son have changes in personality. The son, who doesn’t really like his dad, decides he wants to move in with him.
Alice knows something is wrong, but her co-workers are happy, her son is happy so she thinks maybe she’s just paranoid.
Later Alice learns that Little Joe has been nominated for an award meaning that the plant will be sold worldwide.
The film had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on 17 May 2019. Shortly after, Magnolia Pictures and BFI Distribution acquired U.S. and U.K. distribution right to the film.
At Cannes, Emily Beecham won the award for Best Actress.
It’s a creepy unorthodox little horror film that works most of the time. This DVD is available now.