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A Little Chaos (2014)

R | | Drama, Romance | 26 June 2015 (USA)
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Two talented landscape artists become romantically entangled while building a garden in King Louis XIV's palace at Versailles.


Alan Rickman


Jeremy Brock (screenplay), Alison Deegan | 1 more credit »
4,853 ( 75)
2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Allam Thomas Allam ... Louis Alexander
Alan Rickman ... King Louis XIV
Hope Hancock Hope Hancock ... Francoise Marie
Isabella Steinbarth ... Louise Francoise
Hal Hewetson Hal Hewetson ... Philippe
Carolina Valdés Carolina Valdés ... Queen Marie Therese
Eleanor Montgomery Eleanor Montgomery ... Royal Nurse
Matthias Schoenaerts ... André Le Notre
Danny Webb ... Claude Moulin
Kate Winslet ... Sabine De Barra
Cathy Belton ... Louise
Steven Waddington ... Thierry Duras
Adrian Scarborough ... Daniel Le Vielle
Adrian Schiller ... Jean Risse
Ben Fox ... Monsieur Mauve


Famed builder Le Notre is tasked with building an ethereal palace for King Louis XIV (Rickman) that transcends beauty. Le Notre hires Sabine de Barra (Winslet) to design and construct the outdoor ballroom, and is soon captivated by her beauty. Sabine is equally enthralled by Le Notre though she is struggling to deal with her past. Through the trials of building the garden the two starving artists come together. Written by MacGroovyJM

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Passion is in our nature. See more »


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


This is one of four period pieces starring Matthias Schoenaerts to be released in 2015. The others are Suite Française (2014), Far from the Madding Crowd (2015) and The Danish Girl (2015). See more »


When Sabine De Barra fell into the water and was carried away by the force of the water, she traveled a good distance downstream. When she went to get out of the water, it was just two arm lengths to reach the ladder. See more »


King Louis XIV: Heaven shall be here.
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References Titanic (1997) See more »

User Reviews

A Gardening Fantasy
19 April 2015 | by slydon13See all my reviews

It was the perfect film to take my elderly mother to, given that we both enjoy gardening holidays in France.

The story is uncomplicated - in a time when gardens were the fashion statement of the rich, the French king wanted a statement to silence the globe. Matthias Schoenaerts' character is given this task which is mammoth given the bogland to be used and he hires Kate Winslet's character for one element of the garden. They fancy each other.

Alan Rickman has a few key scenes but Stanley Tucci steals the show entirely. Costumes and setting are lavish, as they should be.

I cannot comment on the historical accuracy but my immediate thought was 'How does she garden with the corset on when I wear nothing under my t-shirt?' As a gardener, nothing is ever done (weeding, composting, planting etc.) but this project did appear to have a somewhat finite end, which is a fantasy in itself.

More historical dramas with a gardening theme I say!

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK] | Official site [Japan]





Release Date:

26 June 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$181,791, 28 June 2015

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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