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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachida Brakni ...
Noémie / Malika
Line Renaud ...
Michel Lagueyrie ...
Pali (as Wojtek Pszoniak)
Eric Poulain ...
Le jeune policier
Omar-Echériff Attalah ...
Hajar Nouma ...
Marie Denarnaud ...
Jean-Marc Stehlé ...


A bourgeois couple, modern yet conventional. One night by accident, a young prostitute barges into their lives. Hounded down, beaten up, threatened, she will continue to struggle, with the help of a well off lady, first for her survival-her resurrection-then for her dignity and freedom. Stormy encounters for everyone involved. Written by <aelsilva@studiocanal.com>

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Release Date:

3 October 2001 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Caos  »

Box Office


FRF 48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,776,824 (France) (5 October 2001)


$197,397 (USA) (22 August 2003)

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Composed by Ludovic Navarre
Performed by Ludovic Navarre (as St Germain)
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The most fun I've had at a movie in a LONG time
15 November 2003 | by (Jackson Heights, NY) – See all my reviews

CHAOS is a melodrama, yes, indeed. But when melodramas are this much fun--this exciting, socially aware, funny, heartfelt, just plain interesting and oh-so-pertinent to our world today, we should only have more of them this good. As a fan of writer/director Coline Serreau since her POURQUOI PAS?, I was still unprepared for how terrific this new film is. Actors Vincent Lindon and Catherine Frot are wonderful, as usual, but it's newcomer Rachida Brakni who is stunning from first to last. The story, which begins with an auto accident, never lets up its tension and grows more complicated and intriguing as it proceeds. If, as some have said, CHAOS is anti-men, the men in this film certainly deserve their raspberries. Further, the movie should be "must" viewing for Islamic families around the world. While I would stake my life on the fact that not all Muslim families are as male-dominated by lunkheads as is the family shown here, still--the Islamic world must eventually come to terms with its women and their liberation, if they and the rest of us are to prosper. CHAOS is must-viewing for so many reasons, I can't begin to count them here. Rent it as soon as you can.

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