Posted by: greercn | April 17, 2015

A Little Chaos

Films about vast formal gardens are rare. “A Little Chaos” is the story behind the extraordinary work that went into building the greenery at Versailles in France, during the 17th century.

Matthias Schoenaerts is real-life leading gardener Andre Le Notre. Kate Winslet plays Sabine De Barra, who may or may not be a historical character. While they are making beautiful water features, will love bloom? What do you think?

Alan Rickman directs and stars as King Louis XIV. He reminds me of Geoffrey Rush, in this role.

If gentle historical tales with heaving bosoms and flouncy wigs are your thing, you’ll love this. They aren’t for me, but I enjoyed seeing this, as did my friends.

Having said that, it wouldn’t have appealed to us if it hadn’t been a free screening for members of Stratford East Picturehouse.

Stanley Tucci, Jennifer Ehle and Helen McCrory put in good performances in minor parts.

The people, scenery and plot all mesh together well. It provoked me to go out into my garden and do stuff. That’s no Versailles, but it looks much better for the mowing and weeding I did.

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