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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.

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Alan Rickman

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Jeremy Brock (screenplay), Alison Deegan | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 Ben Fox ... Monsieur Mauve
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Storyline

A romantic drama following Sabine (Kate Winslet), a talented landscape designer, who is building a garden at Versailles for King Louis XIV (Alan Rickman). Sabine struggles with class barriers as she becomes romantically entangled with the court's renowned landscape artist, André Le Nôtre (Matthias Schoenaerts). Written by Focus World

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From incredible passion grows incredible beauty. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK] | Official site [Japan]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Little Chaos See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$181,791, 28 June 2015

Gross USA:

$558,173

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,084,623
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kate Winslet and Jennifer Ehle were both in Steven Soderbergh's film Contagion (2011). See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the film Louis XIV is surrounded by his children in his bedroom. One of his young daughters is wearing a very modern, 21st century 'bob' hairstyle while her sisters have very long hair which would have been correct for the period. See more »

Quotes

André Le Notre: This abundance of chaos... is this your Eden?
Sabine De Barra: My search for it.
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Featured in A Little Chaos: Deleted Scenes (2015) See more »

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Precious gem of a movie
6 October 2017 | by dierregiSee all my reviews

A rare gem in the world of contemporary movies, this story has sympathetic characters. I thought they all but disappeared from the screen. It is purely fictional, but I like to believe it could have happened. Schoenaerts plays Andre Le Notre, the real landscape architect who designed the park of Versailles for King Louis XIV. Andre is interviewing other landscape gardeners to help him with the job, among them the only woman, fictional Sabine De Barra (Winslet).

They don't meet so cute, but Le Notre is intrigued and Sabine is hired. In the society of the time, Sabine is a bit of a low class oddity who manages to make friends in high places. Admitted to court, she attracts attention and curiosity for her beauty and skills, but she also attract Le Notre's wife jealousy.

Le Notre is unhappily married with his unfaithful Madame, but Madame is well connected at court and sort of blackmails him into staying with her. However, that will not stop the slowly burning romance between Andre and Sabine.

Sabine holds back not only because Andre is married but also because of her mysterious tragic past.

We finally get to know Sabine's sad history during one of the most moving scenes of the film. Sabine talks to the court ladies and discovers that they also share tragic losses, although at court it is forbidden to talk about death. Once able to face her past, Sabine can finally move into her future.

Winslet is really good as Sabine and Schoenaerts seems particularly gifted for the role of the strong, silent, lover. He had similar roles in The Danish Girl and Suite Francaise and was equally good. Their scenes together are moving and tender, without any of the artificial slickness or aggressiveness of contemporary romances.Rickman playing Louis XIV as a rather melancholic man who takes a fatherly fancy to Sabine.

The music is not overbearing period and the costumes are absolutely fantastic. The final scene looks like is taking place in the real, still existing, rock ballroom.

Great movie, a balm for the soul.


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