A Little Chaos

There’s always a heightened bit of intrigue when a noted actor steps behind the camera to leave an imprint of his or her own.

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'A Little Chaos'

There’s always a heightened bit of intrigue when a noted actor steps behind the camera to leave an imprint of his or her own. Although he may always be German terrorist Hans Gruber to me and a generation of Die Hard fans, Alan Rickman has carved out quite a filmography, complete with deftly nuanced portrayals to go along with his deliciously sneering villainy, but A Little Chaos marks his second time at the helm (the first, The Winter Guest, was all the way back in 1997). And he goes all out with a romantic period dramedy featuring a talented cast (with Kate Winslet, Stanley Tucci and Matthias Schoenaerts top lining) that focuses on a competing pair of landscape artists who become lovers while working on a garden for King Louis XIV’s Versailles palace. Rickman steals a coveted role in front of the camera here as well (as Louis XIV). Chaos aside, its sounds like it might be good to be king. (Now open at Esquire Theatre) (R) Not screened in time for review

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