Chaos and Desire

2002, Mystery & thriller/Drama, 1h 52m

9 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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When her hometown in Quebec exhibits strange tidal patterns, seismologist Alice Bradley (Pascale Bussières) travels from Tokyo to analyze the situation. Once she arrives, she meets a pilot, Marc Vandal (Jean-Nicolas Verreault), and is reacquainted with her old friend, Catherine (Julie Gayet), a journalist. While she develops a relationship with Marc, a widower, she encounters strange residents, such as a waitress and a sleepwalking child, who lead her to a supernatural conclusion.

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Critic Reviews for Chaos and Desire

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (4)

  • Briand's first film, 2 Seconds, was a success. With Chaos and Desire she has overreached herself, but she is an ambitious artist and is moving in an intriguing direction.

    March 28, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • With a smile halfway between seduction and a smirk, and an intensity that speaks of dark secrets and longing, Bussires has the duality needed to play Alice, a seismologist from sleepy Baie-Comeau.

    January 27, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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    December 6, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A little too slick and self-aware, [the movie] never sinks under the weight of its themes, but this artsy craft of a film does creak and list en route to a safe, soppy ending.

    December 4, 2003
  • Little more than a fish-out-of-water tale told like my uncle's suspect raves of his annual fishing trip: colourful but not terribly enlightening.

    July 1, 2003 | Full Review…
  • Briand's excellent widescreen composition and Brussieres' cool, composed sunglassed figure are immediately inviting, and the townspeople, who include diner owner Genevieve Bujold, are quirky but not overly so.

    May 4, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Briand's first film, 2 Seconds, was a success. With Chaos and Desire she has overreached herself, but she is an ambitious artist and is moving in an intriguing direction.

    March 28, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • With a smile halfway between seduction and a smirk, and an intensity that speaks of dark secrets and longing, Bussires has the duality needed to play Alice, a seismologist from sleepy Baie-Comeau.

    January 27, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Quote not available.

    December 6, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A little too slick and self-aware, [the movie] never sinks under the weight of its themes, but this artsy craft of a film does creak and list en route to a safe, soppy ending.

    December 4, 2003
  • Little more than a fish-out-of-water tale told like my uncle's suspect raves of his annual fishing trip: colourful but not terribly enlightening.

    July 1, 2003 | Full Review…
  • Briand's excellent widescreen composition and Brussieres' cool, composed sunglassed figure are immediately inviting, and the townspeople, who include diner owner Genevieve Bujold, are quirky but not overly so.

    May 4, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chaos and Desire

  • Oct 28, 2007
    I can't get enough of Pascale Bussieres. It is such a shame that she is not more well known outside of Quebec. It is a strange series of events in Brian Mulroney's hometown. No the ex-PM didn't suck away the tides.
    John B Super Reviewer

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