A little chaos’. Gardening goes to the cinema

The only confirmed date for its premiere is April 17 and will be stream in British theaters. We will have to wait, but without neglecting, because the film promises.

Time in which A Little Chaos is located  ? back in the seventeenth century. Stage? a garden of Versailles. Let’s go … Chief, nothing more and nothing less than King Louis XIV and the person in charge of the work, the prestigious architect Le Nôtre. The undisputed star, a landscape gardener, Madame Sabine De Barra.

And what does this movie tell us? The backdrop is the completion of the Palace of Versailles under the reign of Louis XIV. The protagonist, Sabine De Bara, is hired by the architect Le Notre to create one of the sumptuous gardens of the Palace of Versailles, which takes her to the center of the court of Louis XIV. How will the protagonist’s work be? Well complicated, full of obstacles, because, obviously, the work of a woman at that time had to save many more barriers than now. But, it seems that it is strong and does not go badly wrong.

Is there romance? Of course, it would be more. But do not get distracted, that what interests us here is if the scenario is faithfully reproduced. Also before the romance there is a small conflict, because she does not have time for the classic and rigid style that Le Nôtre proposes for the garden design.


Today, the Telegraph newspaper publishes an article in which its author, Tim Richardson, comments with great emotion on a character in the film referred to by Jean-Baptiste de la Quintinie, the man who conceived the Potager du Roi (The King’s Garden). It was created in Versailles between 1678 and 1682. But, apparently, there are also lagoons and you can see some plants that were not cultivated at that time. Be that as it may, there is a lot of garden history to see in that film and many details to watch. It is a luxury that gardens are celebrated in this way in cinema. We have to wait, yes, but not to despair and above all, it is advisable to be alert so that those gardeners do not escape, if possible, on the big screen.