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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.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The picture holds us, not only through our wonderment at the mixture but through Serreau's dexterity and her casting."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Sort of a Hansel and Gretel outing with machetes and chainsaws substituting for the mythic oven."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"Energetic, darkly funny and engaging from beginning to end."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"The plot twists, sneaky humor and Brakni's strong debut bring intriguing order from this Chaos."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Writer-director Coline Serreau moves from stark drama to laughter with a tightrope walker's unerring balance."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"One heck of a tale of deliciously unladylike payback."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"A sort of female action/revenge fantasy whose knives are sheathed in amusement."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Coline Serreau's "Chaos" defies categorization. It is an exciting film--part thriller, comedy, revenge tale, and feminist drama, blended together with compelling finesse."
‑ Marcy Dermansky,
"What is surprising about "Chaos," given the sometimes raw subject matter, is how broadly funny it often is."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Despite some odd pacing and a longish, off-putting flashback, Chaos succeeds more than it fails."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"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."
‑ Vic Vogler, Denver Post
"Never escapes its awkwardness."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Most of the film is devoted to the central character, and thanks to Frot, she's a most likable heroine."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"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."
‑ Paula Nechak, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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