Chaos (2003)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 29, 2003
DVD Release Date: December 16, 2003
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

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

Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

Sort of a Hansel and Gretel outing with machetes and chainsaws substituting for the mythic oven.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

One heck of a tale of deliciously unladylike payback.

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Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

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

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

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

Vic Vogler
Denver Post

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Never escapes its awkwardness.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
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[font=Century Gothic]"Chaos" starts out with an affluent Parisian couple, Paul(Vincent Lindon) and Helene(Catherine Frot), rushing off to a dinner… More