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Actors: Vincent Lindon, Catherine Frot, Rachida Brakni, Line Renaud, Aurélien Wiik
Director: Coline Serreau
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2003     1hr 49min

CHAOS is a rousing and daring tale combining aspects of pulse-pounding melodrama with loopy battle-of-the-sexes comedy. Helene and Paul, a bourgeois couple, are rushing to a dinner engagement when they see Malika, a young...  more »


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Actors: Vincent Lindon, Catherine Frot, Rachida Brakni, Line Renaud, Aurélien Wiik
Director: Coline Serreau
Creators: Jean-François Robin, Coline Serreau, Catherine Renault, Alain Sarde, Christine Gozlan
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: New Yorker Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 12/16/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2001
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 49min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: French
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Brutality against women. And then revenge! Great film!
Linda Linguvic | New York City | 03/31/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This 2001 award winning French film is offbeat and exhilarating. A middle-class Parisian couple, driving through the streets to a dinner party suddenly encounters a young prostitute being assaulted by three men. The young woman is bloodied and frightened and she runs to their car in a fit of terror. She gets no help from the couple, however, as the husband locks the door and is annoyed that his windshield is bloodied. The wife watches in horror as the young prostitute is further beaten. The wife, Helene, played by Catherine Frot, is appalled at her insensitive husband and, the next day goes to the hospital to see if the young woman is still alive. She finds her alive, but barely - in a coma and paralyzed. She's so moved that she takes a leave from work and spends all her time in the hospital, tending the recovering woman through a long and arduous recovery. Rachinda Brakni, cast as Noemie, the prostitute, is a fine actress and absolutely captivating with her huge dark eyes and mop of curly hair. She invokes our sympathy completely, especially after the wicked pimps come to the hospital and try to kidnap her. In the meantime there is trouble in Helene's household which plays out like a satirical comedy, as her husband and son seem to embody the very worst attributes of men. Helene is devoted to Noemie, however, and Noemie eventually recovers completely and shares her incredible story through flashbacks. During the next half of the film, the women plot revenge and eventually the bad guys get caught, the husband and son get their comeuppance and the ending is happy and satisfying. The film is a fast paced and well-scripted view of the role of women. There's lots of brutality and bloodshed as well as a satirical look at our society. And even though the plot is extremely contrived, it was done so well that I was totally enraptured by it all. There's great storytelling, acting and directing and it doesn't drag for one minute. I absolutely loved it. Highly recommended."
bananapatrol | Wilmington, DE | 10/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was living in France 2001-2002 when this movie came out. Since then I've been searching everywhere to find it on DVD so I can watch it again. Unfortunately, I don't think Chaos was released in theaters in the states, so it didn't get nearly as much coverage as Amelie did, despite being a superior film. What makes it so great? You know how the Crying Game started out in one direction, and if it had continued that way it would have been a good film, but the shifts and surprises made it so much better? Chaos is similar - it twists and it turns until you don't know what's going on (chaos, get it?), until the end when finally you see what it was all about and can't wait to see it again. Also like the Crying Game, it's not an easy film to watch, there's violence and sexual abuse and drug use, and at times you'll feel so angry at the characters that you'll want to close your eyes or turn it off, but keep watching. As a French friend told me when she recommended I see Chaos, tout le monde sort du cinema avec une grande sourire (everyone leaves the theater smiling)."
Divine Revenge
Linda Linguvic | 05/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a captivating thriller and social comedy masterfully guided by Coline Surreau (Three Men and A Cradle). The plot is well enough told above, but I take issue with one review who acted as though the idea of Muslim men selling their second-generation French daughters to Muslim men in Algeria is racist. France is now consumed with the problems of its large Muslim population which has been festering in government housing outside of Paris since they withdrew from Algeria. There are plenty of young French-Algerian women who are over-protected by their chauvinistic brothers and dicatorial fathers. Muslim parents here arrrange their daughter's marriages, and it is no laughing matter. Overnight a woman can literally be a slave to her arranged husband. If she refuses, her family can beat her, and in some cases a rebellious young Muslim woman can lose her life. This is very serious religious chauvinism. If you don't believe that it can't happen, read the April 2004 issue of Vanity Fair where Marie Brenner's article--"Unveiling France's Muslim Problem" lays out the current situation in frightening detail. This is hardly the first movie about female empowerment, and you're never dis-engaged. The men are fools and idiots here, and all deserve their various moments and levels of comeuppance. But sit back and enjoy a well-plotted movie that will leave you breathless and admiring of the talent it took to create it. An expert cast, a superb director make this one of the most engaging films I've seen this year."
The truth hurts.
Toni Mazza | Portland Ore | 03/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The title is apt. What a rollercoaster ride! As for the male characters being stereotypical...I, an Italian-American, could relate. I found myself pumping my fist in the air when the Algerian girl finally gave her brother what he deserved.I hardly feel sorry for the male reviewers here who complain about the stereotypes. We women are constantly stereotyped in the movies. Wouldn't it be novel if some men stood up for women once in a while?

As for reality, if you read the papers, you'd know that the events in this movie are not an anomaly. It's everyday life for many women--and little girls."