Haiti, 1962. A man is brought back from the dead to work in the hell of sugar cane plantations. 55 years later, a Haitian teenager tells her friends her family secret - not suspecting that ... See full summary »
Hoping that self-employment through gig economy can solve their financial woes, a hard-up UK delivery driver and his wife struggling to raise a family end up trapped in the vicious circle of this modern-day form of labour exploitation.
1945, Leningrad. WWII has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Two young women search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins.
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.
This was an overall somewhat creepy film. Even when the characters were themselves they were still creepy. I rated a 7, fair. The directing and chop suey like sound score really hit hard and gave the film it's teeth. The timing of the score with the camera work was very tight and deliberate, and kept the creepiness factor going throughout. Casting and acting were correctly matched, special effects worked well although a little more action from the antagonists might have highlighted the 'body snatcher' mechanism a little better but then again the writer and director obviously wanted it vague to keep the suspence and audience guessing till the end. Which still has me wondering even a day later. This slow moving film won't disappoint but it also won't wow you. It will however keep you engaged, stimulated, and guessing throughout. Is little joe happy with my review lol?
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