Chaos (2003) - Rotten Tomatoes

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.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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New Yorker Films


Rachida Brakni
as Noémie
Line Renaud
as Mamie
Aurélien Wiik
as Fabrice
Ivan Franek
as Touki
Chloe Lambert
as Florence
Marie Denarnaud
as Charlotte
Eric Poulain
as Le Jeune Policier
Jean-Marc Stehle
as Blanchet
Léa Drucker
as Nicole
Nicolas Serreau
as Bartender
Julie Durand
as Zoriza
Delphine Bibet
as Sitcom actress (uncredited)
Sylvie Raboutet
as Sitcom actress (uncredited)
Nicolas Lartigue
as Sitcom actor (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Chaos

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (16)

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

Amazing comedic timing and plot divided to focus the viewers attention to the modern woman's struggles in a patriarchal world.

Luke Gaines
Luke Gaines

This was a surprisingly good tale about a young North African woman who gets trafficked into slavery by her family and eventually & makes her escape after getting run over by a Parisian couple . . .

John Gilmore
John Gilmore

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
Shannon Nakai

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