A Little Chaos

A Little Chaos

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A romantic drama following Sabine, a strong-willed and talented landscape designer, who is selected to build one of the main gardens at King Louis XIV's new palace at Versailles. In her new position of power, she challenges gender and class barriers while also becoming professionally and romantically entangled with the court's renowned landscape artist Andre Le Notre.

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kpelish
May 19, 2018

Creative re-imagining of women as design architects during the heyday of the French monarchy. The love story starts rockily and succeeds only because---in a twist--the man has the strength to resist current court morals. Kate Winslet apparently was very pregnant during this filming; Alan Rickman is good as the King.

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INVS
Mar 11, 2018

Noteworthy mainly because Alan Rickman produced/directed (one or the other) & stars as the king. K. Winslet is always strong in character. Matthias S looks silly & not half as good as he did in Madding Crowd, yet I enjoy his presence. Not a film I'd care to see again, once was definitely enough.

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ncs1961
Mar 04, 2018

..for when your feeling like a romantic setting with costumes in muddy gardens (sometimes) or remembering Alan Rickman (always....sigh)

AL_RIMA Jan 11, 2017

I love how the movie is fiction but at the same time has real historical figures in it. It was very entertaining movie. You get to see how much work it took to make the outdoor ballroom a reality. Very entertaining and different.

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Janice21383
Dec 06, 2016

Alan Rickman's last film is a slow, pretty love story that is less than the sum of its parts. We never really learn what makes the lovers tick, let alone feel much for them, and it doesn't help that they have less chemistry with one another than with other characters: he with his straying wife, and she with the king of France (Rickman). A Little Chaos only comes completely alive in one scene, where the court ladies loosen their stays away from the men they must please. It is pleasant and touching to see Winslet and Rickman acting together again, but the story, let alone the love is just not there.

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wiredonjava
Oct 22, 2016

Visually pleasing yet sorely lacking credible characters and solid script. Plenty of pomp but no circumstance.

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Ann1000
Aug 24, 2016

Beautiful! A gift from an amazing actor/director. Thank you, Alan, for this parting work.

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rosenfel
Aug 11, 2016

Just so everyone is clear on this - It's a nicely filmed movie, the acting is fine - BUT- it is just a movie and not even close to being historically accurate other than Andre Le Notre's part in designing the gardens - in fact Sabine did not exist and did not design any part of the gardens at Versailles or have anything to do with bringing the water from Marly for the fountains. Sorry she's not an early example of feminism. So enjoy the movie as a complete work of fiction. I give it 3 stars.

Chapel_Hill_SarahW Jul 07, 2016

I enjoyed this movie for the beautiful flowers, wigs, costumes, and a sweet, but slow love story. I always like Alan Rickman, so while I'm not surprised it didn't get nominated for best picture, it's still some eye candy to escape into.

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Waterhythms
Jun 23, 2016

Although one might say it is not the most fully developed or historically "accurate" movie, it is a breath of fresh air. There is so much fodder on stories portraying terrible relationship legacies of our world, that to have one with a example of what it means to be ahead of one's time (Sabine as a woman in 1682) and for an insight to those who are fundamentally all good of heart or open to being reminded to be so, is critical in this day and age. We have too few examples of this in media. We need such films to remind us what it looks like to care about the whole of being in this world.

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