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Kate Winslet puts the bloom on otherwise staid 'Little Chaos'

Kate Winslet puts the bloom on otherwise staid 'Little Chaos'

The dependably compelling Kate Winslet tangles with vines and branches in "A Little Chaos," getting dirt on her 17th century frocks and under her nails. As the fictional landscape designer Sabine de Barra, hired to create the Rockwork Grove amphitheater at Versailles, she stands in defiance of social and aesthetic convention even while the film itself never bursts its staid costume-drama seams. Directed by Alan Rickman from a screenplay credited to him, Alison Deegan and Jeremy Brock, the feature finds Louis XIV fast-tracking the construction of the new palace, setting lofty and vague standards for its gardens. Rickman plays the Sun King with a guarded, tender world-weariness,...

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