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Chaos (2003)



Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 52
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 8

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


Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 1

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



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In this satirical comedy drama from France, white-collar workaholic Paul (Vincent Lindon) and his high-strung wife Helene (Catherine Frot) are driving to a party one evening when a young woman leaps into the path of their car, crying for help. Paul refuses to let her into the car, and soon several men catch up with the woman and begin beating her savagely. Paul insists on staying out of the matter, but Helene feels some sense of responsibility for what happened, and begins spending most of her


Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Coline Serreau

Dec 16, 2003


New Yorker Films

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All Critics (57) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (8) | DVD (10)

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

July 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Despite some odd pacing and a longish, off-putting flashback, Chaos succeeds more than it fails.

June 19, 2003
Arizona Republic
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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
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One heck of a tale of deliciously unladylike payback.

May 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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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.

May 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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Sort of a Hansel and Gretel outing with machetes and chainsaws substituting for the mythic oven.

April 9, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

A sort of female action/revenge fantasy whose knives are sheathed in amusement.

February 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Never escapes its awkwardness.

May 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Energetic, darkly funny and engaging from beginning to end.

October 28, 2003 Full Review Source:

Coline Serreau's "Chaos" defies categorization. It is an exciting film--part thriller, comedy, revenge tale, and feminist drama, blended together with compelling finesse.

October 24, 2003 Full Review Source:

Most of the film is devoted to the central character, and thanks to Frot, she's a most likable heroine.

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The plot twists, sneaky humor and Brakni's strong debut bring intriguing order from this Chaos.

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

What is surprising about "Chaos," given the sometimes raw subject matter, is how broadly funny it often is.

August 21, 2003 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Wild, sometimes sickening but surprisingly hilarious ride that never lets up even if it does stack the deck and is overly obvious in its implications and sexual politics.

July 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

At once a brilliant strike for feminism and a condemnation of a backwards culture, this controversial thriller is darkly amusing and disturbing cinema.

July 23, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

It's all too convenient, but has eclat and two appealing stars.

July 22, 2003 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

A hash of a diatribe, parading its hypocrite champions, trading in misanthropy, with a puzzling sense of self satisfaction.

June 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

The various parts are not equally effective, but all are fascinating, if only because you're never quite sure where you're being led.

May 13, 2003 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
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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]
October 31, 2005
Walter M.

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