A Little Review – Guest Blog by Natasha Baron
Being a fan of period drama’s I put A Little Chaos down almost at the top of my list to see at Borderlines Film Festival and it lived up to the genre. Beautiful costumes and intrinsic detailed settings, you are once again presented with the ideology of the past; including the love story, of course!
The plot was unusual for a period drama, and sometimes unbelievable, and for a film set in 17th century France, lacked a bit of je ne sais quoi, as the film was quintessentially English. But if you ignore the inaccuracies’ the story was gently intriguing and definitely consistent with themes of adultery and social class relationships. Kate Winslett, provides her usual standard, as the troubled professional gardener Sabine De Barra (seemingly a 17th Century version of Charlie Dimmock) who is employed by the serious Andre Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts) , to design and build a garden at the Palace of Versailles for King Louis IV, played with a dose of humour by Alan Rickman. In all a heart-warming 2 hours.
Full of some great British actors and beautiful English manor houses and scenery, not particularly French, and not a strong plot, but enjoyable for those who love a period drama.
Catch A Little Chaos again at The Courtyard this May.