Title: Le regole del chaos
Original title: A little chaos
Director: Alan Rickman
Main actors: Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Alan Rickman
Production: BBC Films
Running time: 1h 57m
A little chaos is an original film set in the time of Luis XIV‘s court that mixes elements of fiction with a historic background.
The main character is Sabine De Barra (Kate Winslet), an exterior designer who is summoned from the king’s gardener, André Le Nôtre (Matthias Schoenaerts), to create an ambitious project in the future palace of Versailles. While Le Nôtre is tied to symmetry and to the rules in his works, Sabine De Barra makes works the are harmonically linked to the nature without looking forced. Settled for a compromise, the two will succeed in creating the most beautiful dance room ever seen and to develop a relationship that is more than friendship.
Sabine de Barra is a complex character that brings with her the traumatic events of her past and is successful in elaborating them only at the end of the story. Le Nôtre is, instead, a man under pressure because of the power the king holds on him and because his loveless marriage creates in him a certain discomfort. The two will find solace in each other but, like every good story, they will overcome some difficulties.
I didn’t like Kate Winslet‘s performance, even though she had a positive review from the critic. I was favorably surprised, instead, from that of Alan Rickman, who appeared in his film as Luis XIV, and from that of Jennifer Ehle who portrays the king’s lover.
There are many themes in the film, but the more emphasized are sufferings and the battle of women to emerge in a sexist society.
The rithm of the narration is sometimes slow but the film in the end is successful. The locations and the costumes are entirely believable considering that is an English film set in France. This is one of the greatest contradictions that there are in the movie. The title, in fact, suggests the mix of the stiles of the two gardeners, one with rules and the other with chaos, and represents the chaos created by a film made by English people that play the part of the French. Moreover, A little chaos points at the chaos that ruled in Luis XIV‘s court, above all about relationships and adulteries, concealed by determined rules.
Seeing this movie after the director’s death gave me more melancholy than the film wants to convey. The character of the king, with his own problems, particularly arouses a great empathy above all in the scene set in the bloomed garden and in the end.
In conclusion this is a movie that, despite all the historic errors and the low budget, can be appreciated.
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