A Little Chaos



A Little Chaos (2014, rated R, 117 minutes) didn’t win any prizes but it’s a modest prize of a movie.

It’s a fictional story about the very real gardens at Versailles, the almost unimaginable residence for French kings that first existed in 1623 as a hunting lodge.

Kate Winslet, as Madame Sabine de Barra, rather stoically portrays a talented woman (garden designer) who cannot be ignored in an undeniable man’s world. Alan Rickman adds some comic touches to his character as King Louis XIV, and he learns from Madame de Barra and encourages her to design the spectacular Ballroom Grove (a tourist destination today).

There is a an almost incidental love interest that frames the final, almost frivolous moments of the movie. The drama is in the intrigues and the blunderings and the jealousies of the men who surround Madame de Barra and make her life difficult.

(Rated R for two seconds of inoffensive nudity)


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