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Architecture+Film Series: A Little Chaos
10 March 2017 at 7:00 pm
100 Arthur Street
A Little Chaos
Directed by Alan Rickman
2014, UK, 117 min
Set in 1682, this visually splendid and “thoroughly pleasant” romantic drama tells the story of Sabine de Barra (Kate Winslet), a talented and strong-willed land-scape designer who succeeds in challenging both gender and class stereotypes by building one of the main gardens at the Palace of Versailles for the Sun King, Louis XIV (comically portrayed by actor/director, Alan Rickman). This opportunity leads her down a path of professional and romantic entanglements with the pro-digiously cunning André Le Nôtre (b.1613-d.1700), the King’s favourite gardener and landscape architect, whose formal walkways, groves and clearings find new energy in the unexpected twist and turns of their collaboration. Supporting roles well played by Stanley Tucci and (Harry Potter star) Helen McCrory.
“If you see only one film about 17th-century French landscape gardening this year, it probably ought to be A Little Chaos, a heaving bouquet of a picture.” — The Telegraph
The Architecture+Film series is presented with the support of the Manitoba Association of Architects and Canada Council.