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Chaos (2003)




Critic Consensus: Anything but chaotic, Chaos makes a high-energy and award-worthy stab at bourgeois apathy and racial tensions in France, while musing on chance.

Movie Info

After she and her husband witness the savage beating of a prostitute but do nothing to stop it, Hélène (Catherine Frot) is wracked with guilt. She traces the prostitute, named Malika, to a hospital, where Malika lies comatose. Hélène soon commits herself to helping Malika recover, and in the process grows distant from her husband and son. The situation is further complicated when the men who beat Malika return to find her, intent on finishing the job they began. Soon, Hélène finds herself caught up in deadly underworld politics that she cannot begin to comprehend.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Coline Serreau
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 16, 2003
Box Office: $0.2M
New Yorker Films


Chloe Lambert
as Florence
Marie Denarnaud
as Charlotte
Eric Poulain
as Le Jeune Policier
Nicolas Serreau
as Bartender
Delphine Bibet
as Sitcom actress (uncr...
Sylvie Raboutet
as Sitcom actress (uncr...
Nicolas Lartigue
as Sitcom actor (uncred...
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Critic Reviews for Chaos

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (18)

There's a core of anger running throughout Chaos, particularly in the steely performances by its two female leads, that gives this satisfying feminist revenge drama/satire its soul.

July 25, 2003
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Writer-director Coline Serreau moves from stark drama to laughter with a tightrope walker's unerring balance.

Full Review… | July 22, 2003
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Despite some odd pacing and a longish, off-putting flashback, Chaos succeeds more than it fails.

June 19, 2003
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

The picture holds us, not only through our wonderment at the mixture but through Serreau's dexterity and her casting.

May 28, 2003
The New Republic
Top Critic

One heck of a tale of deliciously unladylike payback.

Full Review… | May 23, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

The men, filled with brutality and neglect, make for rather obvious targets, yet we come to care about the women in their lives beyond any agenda Chaos might have.

Full Review… | May 23, 2003
Denver Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Chaos

[font=Century Gothic]"Chaos" starts out with an affluent Parisian couple, Paul(Vincent Lindon) and Helene(Catherine Frot), rushing off to a dinner party.(By the way, their son, Fabrice is a bit of a pig...) They come across Noemie(Rashida Brakni) running towards their car on the street. She is desperately seeking help, but Paul locks the doors on the car. They watch as she is brutally beaten. Helene wants to call for an ambulance but Paul is much more worried about the blood on the windshield and does not want to be involved. Helene seeks out Noemie in the hospital, who is in a coma. And Helene remains to take care of her...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"Chaos" is a smart, unpredictable thriller that never stops. It occasionally takes on a comic tone as it gracefully balances the main plot with the household scenes. The film also has some very important things to say about how women can be taken for granted and how we are all responsible for each other. Unlike "Run Lola Run", this movie contains people who rush around without anything vital being involved. And, of course, cell phones do not bring us any closer...[/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer


Saw it for a French class my freshman year of college. Very violent. It's a gut-wrenching depiction of the selfish men, the better ones who use Helene as a live-in maid, and the worse ones who act as pimps, beating and imprisoning Malika. It shows the slavery in which prostitutes are forced to live. This film beautifully depicts a friendship that ignites between two strong women.

Shannon Nakai

This French film starts off as a weak look at cynicism and disconnection but quickly evolves into a look at how women are treated. It explores everything from women as house wives to forced prostitution and young girls being sold into marriage. Weak acting at times, but still worth seeing. A solid revenge film without all the blood and violence usually associated with that genre.

corey hauge

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