Ben Whishaw is among a cast whose talents are dismayingly wasted as Jessica Hausner’s chiller fails to deliver on its premise
Jessica Hausner’s Little Joe is one of the most keenly anticipated movies here in Cannes. This brilliant director from Austria has a fascinating body of work – her Lourdes (2009), a mysterious, challenging film about miracles, has a claim to the status of modern classic.
But I was disappointed by this new film, her first in English. It’s a quasi sci-fi chiller about people’s behaviour and language being creepily altered; perhaps its numb weirdness is down to a director with no instinctive feeling for the English language. But it’s a fascinating looking film, shot in a cold, clear, crisply refrigerated style that provides an exhilaration of its own.