A Little Chaos

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(out of 5)


Louis XIV (, who also directed) is moving his court to Versailles to appease France’s nervous aristocracy, turning the former hunting lodge into a glorious palace with a number of building projects including one he commissions of his designer Le Notre ().  Unable to complete the project himself, Le Notre interviews a number of designers and settles upon a charismatic woman of no notable birth () whose imaginative designs dazzle him.  The development of European nationhood was played out quite often in grand architectural projects (generally because it impressed foreign visitors), and the plan with this specific property is to build a garden that will function as an outdoor ballroom, complete with dazzling greenery and cascading waterfalls.  Winslet, whose characters is entirely fictional, seems to have the right idea but we’re not really given much information about her plans, nor is there much in the way of conflict that will make an interesting story happen: she gets the job, she gets along with her boss, she charms the king, she enchants the women of the court (the film’s best scene, heightened by an appearance by the wonderful ), and then a flashback tells us about her very sympathetic tragedy.  Anything of interest in this film comes from wisely casting Winslet in the lead, a bewitching actor of incredible strength whose talent might even be made more obvious by a film this weak.  Rickman directs all his actors to speak in the same low-toned, flat manner that works for him (and only him), while the screenplay unwisely assumes that anyone with a half of grain of knowlege of the period will believe that a lower-class woman would have been allowed to take team lead on a building project and be treated with any respect by her employees.


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United Kingdom, 2014

Directed by

Screenplay by , , Alan Rickman

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Music by

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Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals: TIFF 2014


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