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A Little Chaos (2015)



Critic Consensus: Stylish and well-acted without ever living up to its dramatic potential, A Little Chaos is shouldered by the impressive efforts of a talented cast.

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A romantic drama following Sabine, a talented landscape designer, who is building a garden at Versailles for King Louis XIV. Sabine struggles with class barriers as she becomes romantically entangled with the court's renowned landscape artist. (C) Focus World

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Kate Winslet
as Madame de Barra
Matthias Schoenaerts
as Andre Le Notre
Alan Rickman
as Louis XIV
Stanley Tucci
as Philippe
Helen McCrory
as Madame Le Notre
Jennifer Ehle
as Madame De Montespan
Thomas Allam
as Louis Alexander
Hope Hancock
as Francoise Marie
Isabella Steinbarth
as Louise Francoise
Hal Hewetson
as Philippe
Eleanor Montgomery
as Royal Nurse
Danny Webb
as Claude Moulin
Steven Waddington
as Thierry Duras
Adrian Scarborough
as Daniel LeVeille
Adrian Schiller
as Jean Risse
Ben Fox
as Monsieur Mauve
Rupert Penry-Jones
as Antoine Lauzun
Jamie Bradley
as Marquis Du Vasse
Andrea Paula Paul
as Princess Palatine
Richard Heap
as Louveciennes Foreman
Lois Wright
as Marie-Claire
David Foxxe
as Monsieur De La Quintinie
William Spray
as Messenger On Horseback
Michelle Newell
as Christine
Kirsty Oswald
as Francoise
Phyllida Law
as Suzanne
John Wark
as First Musician
Robin Hooper
as Second Musician
Adam James
as Monsieur De Barra
William Allam
as Duras' Son
Carolina Valdés
as Queen Marie Therese
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Critic Reviews for A Little Chaos

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (32)

A Little Chaos is an uneven but beautifully performed story of an independent, creative woman and the garden she dreamed up for a king.

October 4, 2021 | Full Review…

True French historians should simply relax and enjoy a film that takes us on a beautifully photographed cinematic romp into a past as it likely SHOULD have been.

August 14, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"A Little Chaos" wants us to be fascinated by a feminist who never was, then undermines her by casting an approving eye on the steamy affair she begins with her boss.

July 1, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's difficult to conjure... excitement for a mess like "A Little Chaos," a lazy and off-puttingly anachronistic feminist fantasy about an 18th-century female landscape designer who finds love while creating... one of the grandest spaces in Versailles.

June 26, 2015 | Rating: 30/100 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Mr. Rickman has found in the Sun King a character worthy of his imperious, reptilian charisma.

June 25, 2015 | Full Review…

The story comes to life only fitfully, even with - or perhaps because of - its court intrigue and supporting characters both hissable (Helen McCrory as André's wife) and flamboyant (Stanley Tucci as the king's bisexual brother).

June 25, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Little Chaos

Perhaps Alan Rickman's swan song, perhaps a graceful exit orchestrated by an artist for whom the time was nearly up, this labor of love (or ego, it's hard to say) is about the work put in to produce a work of art. Yes, there's also a romance, and yes, there's also some little intrigue in the court of the Sun King, but the major focus is that of an artist (or artists) creating art - it's no bed of roses. The collaborators are earnest, and the work is finally delightful. And adieu, sweet Prince, adieu.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A terrific cast, headlined by Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Alan Rickman (who also co-wrote and directed), and Stanley Tucci brings the court of King Louis XIV to life in this tale of one of the people who designed and helped to build the magnificent gardens of the Palace Versailles. A landscape designer out of necessity, Madame Sabine de Barra disdains order in her designs and therefore catches the interest of the man charged with the overall plan of the garden and is hired to create the outdoor ballroom in a natural amphitheater setting in the midst of the garden. She struggles with the protocols and intrigues of the palace and yet, through her grace and natural charms comes to the attention of the KIng. There are deep emotions pulling at Madame de Barre brought about by a family tragedy that she blames herself for. And it is this trauma that provides the underpinning tension of the film. Kate is as lovely as ever, and it is a joy to watch her ply her craft. Alan Rickman is quietly subdued as the monarch whose every whim is ready to be indulged by the sycophants around him, especially when personal tragedy visits the royal house. The scene between the king and Madame de Barra, when she mistakes him for the royal gardener, is the pivot point on which the film turns and it was beautifully done. Stanley Tucci was marvelous in a smaller, but no less important role. The photography was sumptuous. So many beautiful scenes, and the judicious use of close focus was extraordinarily well done.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

Sumptuous costumes, beautiful locations, and a near-minimalist sound track put in exquisite juxtaposition to a baroque setting are not enough to save this humdrum romance from settling into dullness. Winslet is good, but Schoenaerts looks and comes across like Vladimir Putin at a costume ball. Rickman doesn't quite fit into the elegant surroundings and at times seems like a sovereign lacking confidence for no apparent reason. Methinks the French revolution might have come sooner had The Sun King been as flimsy as Rickman portrays him. The lack of impactful performances may have been influenced by a too-subtle script that the actors simply weren't able to pick up on. There are fine aspects to this film, but it's really not a crowd pleaser.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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