A Little Chaos

A Little Chaos

In Theatres: 
Jul 03, 2015
Running Time: 
117 minutes

A Little Chaos is Alan Rickman’s sophomoric feature as a director and his second collaboration with Kate Winslet. It’s a 17th century period drama that follows contractor Sabine de Barra (Winslet) as she receives the opportunity to develop a garden project for King Louis XIV of France. She’s a tad unconventional when it comes to her designs, favoring a little chaos over organization. If only the film itself could have followed in her footsteps.


What happens over the course of two hours is your typical 17th century love affair between Sabrine and the landscaper who hired her, Monsieur André Le Nôtre (Matthias Schoenaerts). There’s an immediate spark between them as they become engrossed in each other as the film saunters on. Everything that happens is geared toward bringing them closer together as they work on the new garden design for the king, who is known to be a stickler when it comes to, well, everything.


A Little Chaos actually suffers from far too little chaos and, like many period pieces, feels dull. There’s no drama to the film, just a bunch of overly lavish conversations that don’t go anywhere. It’s just a bunch of fancy French aristocrats talking about superficial possessions and such. There are some solid performances out of Winslet and Schoenaerts and even Alan Rickman has some brief moments of brilliance, but they’re not enough to keep the film interesting.


If you’re a fan of period dramas and unnecessarily complex dialogue, then A Little Chaos might just be for you. There’s nothing particularly chaotic about it, unfortunately. It definitely could have used at least a little bit of mayhem.

Matt Rodriguez
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