A Little Chaos (2014) – Review

The period drama “A Little Chaos” follows landscape designer and gardener Sabine De Barra (Kate Winslet) as she is invited to work alongside the acclaimed Andre Le Notre to build a garden at Versailles for King Louis XIV (Alan Rickman).

Directed by Alan Rickman, the overall aesthetic of “A Little Chaos” created a visually pleasing and interesting take on the typical period/romantic drama. As early as the opening sequence, I found myself engaged and relieved to find a film that had thought outside the box in terms of its cinematography. Having studied media and film in both university and high school, it’s always refreshing to see creators of film experiment and try new things and that was certainly prominent in “A Little Chaos“.

Kate Winslet was of course a talent and portrayed the role of passionate yet vulnerable Sabine perfectly. It was also nice to see her paired with Matthias Schoenaerts, a Belgian actor who is relatively unknown but held his ground against the oscar winning actress.

After completing the film though, I realized I was disappointed in the promotional material. It presented a heavily romantic and typically old fashioned love story when it really wasn’t. Of course, the romance was there but instead of it driving the plot, it was a mere side plot and faintly touched the exploration of their relationship which just happened to turn romantic because that’s how life is sometimes.