DVD Review – A Little Chaos (2015)


Alan Rickman turns his hand back to directing after his debut in 1997’s The Winter’s Guest. This time in period drama A Little Chaos, which he not only directs but also stars.

A Little Chaos follows Sabine De Barra (Kate Winslet) in 1682 France. A landscape artist with an eye for detail she receives an unexpected invitation to say she is in the running to design one of the main gardens of Versailles for King Louis XIV (Alan Rickman).

Interviewed for the position by Andre Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts), the courts renowned landscape artist, he believes she is not a conformist in gardening. However, he later turns up at Sabine’s house letting her now he has changed her mind and that she has been chosen to build the garden.

As the film progresses, Sabine gets noticed by the higher elite, she begins to deal with her past, and comes to terms with her daughters death, whilst continuing to build the garden and allow her feelings for Andre to develop.

Upon first look at the trailer this film looked promising. However, when I received my copy to review I am afraid to say it took me at least three attempts to get past the first few scenes. Not from lack of storyline, but from how slow it was. The slow pace continued throughout, the language did not seem to fit the time period and the characters seemed unbelievable.

The only good thing about this film was Matthias Schoenaerts singing and the last fifteen minutes of the film. Even though the all-star cast seemed to do well with what they were given, it did not live up to the standards of previous work from Winslet, Rickman or Schoenaerts.

Classed as a comedy amongst period drama, it seemed to lack the comedy aspect. Unless my sense of humour is different to the way Rickman intended the film to be.

Emily Pontin

Drama, Romance, Comedy | UK, 2015 | 12| Lionsgate Films UK | 24th August 2015 (UK) | Dir:Alan Rickman |Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Matthias Schoenaerts, Stanley Tucci | Buy:A Little Chaos [DVD] [2015]