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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
It's important to stay true to your artistic vision, even if nobody else understands what you're doing. Sabine's rivals repeatedly discount her ideas, but in the end the payoff is worth it, and she's recognized for creating something beautiful. Themes include a woman succeeding despite huge odds/lots of skepticism.
Positive Role Models
Sabine, a widow, loses herself in her work, but as she comes closer to completing her greatest creation, she's able to confront the tragic accident that took her husband and daughter. In the process, she opens herself up to love again. She's talented and has a strong artistic vision, and she succeeds despite much skepticism focusing on her abilities, since she's a woman.
Violence & Scariness
A terrible carriage accident leaves two people dead, though the bodies aren't shown. Tense moments between an unhappily married couple.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One scene briefly shows a women's naked breasts. Love scenes show a couple entwined, moving vigorously with enthusiastic sound effects; a man's bare butt is shown.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A few scenes show people drinking wine at meals and parties.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Little Chaos takes place in 17th-century France during the construction of Versailles, and focuses on Sabine De Barra (Kate Winslet), a grieving widow who's tapped to build part of the palace's famous gardens and must deal with men who are certain they're superior to any female landscape architect. There are brief glimpses of naked breasts and butts, and love scenes show people moving and moaning, vigorously. A few sequences include social drinking, and a terrible carriage accident kills two people, including a child, though the bodies aren't shown. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Winslet is a fine actress who can bring almost any character to life, and here, viewers get a real sense of Sabine's passions -- and the deeply buried despair that stems from a tragic loss. But she's a big presence in a very small picture. The story of building one special garden at Versailles isn't especially epic, and it's hard to infuse heft into what's essentially a little story.
Alan Rickman, who also directed, plays King Louis XIV, the man at the center of everyone's orbit in the claustrophobic French court. He's fun to watch (though he doesn't appear very often) as a monarch who both revels in his position and is tired of being the constant focus of attention. The other main character is Schoenaerts' Andre Le Notre, the man in charge of building all the gardens. He's far too reserved, controlled, stiff, and distant, which makes his appeal for Sabine puzzling. A Little Chaos is beautiful to watch, in parts, since it's set in one of the world's most beautiful gardens, but as a whole, it's too constricted to be interesting to most viewers.
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