A Little Chaos

Synopsis: A romantic drama following Sabine (Kate Winslet), a talented landscape designer, who is building a garden at Versailles for King Louis XIV (Alan Rickman). Sabine struggles with class barriers as she becomes romantically entangled with the court's renowned landscape artist, André Le Nôtre (Matthias Schoenaerts).
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Alan Rickman
Production: Focus Features
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
112 min

Your Majesty.

Papa, we've made you breakfast.

Only Francoise is too

little to carry the tray,

so we have Philippe to help.

Yes, Uncle. I am the strongest.

I could carry it.

My queen.

Good morning, Majesty.

Be it known

that we intend to hold court

at the Palace of Versailles

within the coming month of May.


Do you see how important it is to

elicit the appropriate response?


To this auspicious end,

the finest examples of humanity

shall embody

the true glory of France

in a palace of eternal

and resounding splendor.

Take note.

Your eloquence they must love,

your demeanor they must fear.

I have further commanded

that the greatest masters of

France will realize this vision

unparalleled in

the history of the world

in gardens of exquisite

and matchless beauty.


shall be here.

The light is fading, master.



Is it?

A week tomorrow at 11:00.

Don't forget about the length.

If you stand on the hem,

you'll rip it at the waist.

It's pinching me here.

Thank you.

Master Le Notre,

I am delighted to

make your acquaintance.

I've long been

an admirer of your work.

Le Notre?

Too clever by half,

if you ask me.

And riding on his father's name.

The strategy I employ

is to imitate.

They cannot resist flattery.

'Tis all vanity

to these bigwigs.

Of course, once you're in,

you must have the talent.

Speaking of vanity,

there's a hat, now, gentlemen.

Who is this person?

That's Madame de Barra.

I'm astounded by that.

Monsieur Mauve's plans.

How many more candidates,


Three more, monsieur, after this

one, but the end is in sight.

Dullness or disrespect,

that is my apparent choice.

If the king's demands

were not so vast,

I would build

the gardens myself.

Indeed, master.

And in the meantime...

Monsieur Mauve.

Madame de Barra.

Monsieur Duras.

That a new coat?

The wife's idea.

Be covered in mud by Tuesday,

but by then she thinks

we'll have this job,

so the coat will have been

a worthwhile extravagance.

Sound reasoning.


I've not had the pleasure.

Jean Risse and Daniel Le Vielle,

Madame Sabine de Barra.

You're all here

for the interview?

We are, and you?

The same.

Been in Paris long, madame?

Two years.

And you've worked

for someone before that?

I know all the contractors

in the provinces.

All the gentlemen, that is.

There is no gentleman, monsieur.

I work for myself.

We all to be interviewed

at this time?

We're here early

to spy out the other candidates.

I've been in already.

Oh, how did you fare?

Spent upwards

of an hour with him.

Very detailed examination of the

work, so, you know, we shall see.

You must have impressed him.

I worked for his father.

I'm not disheartened.

He seems not disheartened, too.

Madame de Barra.

Well, gentlemen.

Best of fates to you.

Claude Moulin, madame.

Secretary to Master Le Notre.

Have you met the master before?

I have not.



I'm delighted to

make your acquaintance.

I have long been

an admirer of your work.

I am so pleased to attend...

These are your plans, madame?

Yes. Some are to be

seen around the country.

Others are still in progress,

not yet completed.

However, as required, there are two

sets of plans to your instructions.

The fifth and sixth, I believe.

Perhaps at the bottom...

I have examined them.

Ah. So...

May I ask you a question,


By all means, master.

Are you a believer in order?

Order? Order over landscape?

Well, I admire it.

Looking at these plans,

there seems to be no trace.

I would not agree.

I think there is pattern enough

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Jeremy Brock

Jeremy Brock MBE (born 1959) is a British writer and director whose works include the screenplays Mrs Brown, Driving Lessons, The Last King of Scotland, Charlotte Gray, and The Eagle. Brock has also written two plays for the Hampstead downstairs theatre. more…

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