'A Little Chaos' forced the actress to embrace gardening.
Kate Winslet might be an actress of the most esteemed calibre, but that doesn't mean it's plain sailing every time. When she was selected to star in Alan Rickman's latest directorial effort 'A Little Chaos', adapting to the role had its challenges.
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All actors make a lot of sacrifices in the name of cinema and Kate Winslet is no exception. The film that she is most known for was particularly stunt heavy (1997's 'Titanic'), but with her latest flick she would be sacrificing more in the way of her daily comfort. Though, at least it was only over a period of eight weeks.
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The star had to juggle both directing and acting in the period drama.
It's been a long time since Alan Rickman made his directorial debut back in 1997, and so returning to the role (alongside acting in a major role as well) in 'A Little Chaos' presented a lot of challenges, surprises and, indeed, pleasures for the star.
Alan Rickman plays King Louis XIV in his latest directorial feature
He was at the helm of 1997 drama 'The Winter Guest' but hasn't approached the director's chair since. It's safe to say that coming back into it on a film of this scale, such is the visually stunning 'A Little Chaos', while also portraying the formidable King Louis XIV was a lot of hard work. Though Rickman admits that his two jobs had their similarities.
The 69 year old RADA alumni began his big screen career in 1988 with ‘Die Hard’.
The career of Alan Rickman was celebrated on Wednesday evening, as the 69 year old was the subject of latest in BAFTA’s Life in Pictures series. Charming the audience with tales from his storied career, Rickman spoke about some of his most famous roles including Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series and villain Hans Gruber in Die Hard.
Rickman looked back on his career during the BAFTA event.
Rickman began his film career a little later than most in 1988, when he was in his 40s. Looking back on his late start in films Rickman told the audience, “To be perfectly honest, having a film career is a bit of a surprise.”
Despite the historical French setting, the predominantly British cast and crew give it a splash of traditional British humour.
The new period drama 'A Little Chaos' may be set in France in the 17th century, but its filmmakers never intended it to be a historical tale. Not only is it essentially a comedy, but it was shot in England with a predominately British cast.
Kate Winslet in 'A Little Chaos'
Actor-director Alan Rickman defines the movie as "a very modern love story" that only happens to be set within a group of landscape designers working on the Gardens of Versailles.
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Imagine if Alan Rickman HADN'T starred in 'Die Hard'.
It was the role that made his name, though British star Alan Rickman has revealed that he was close to turning down the iconic villain Hans Gruber in Die Hard.
Alan Rickman says he almost turned down his classic Die Hard role
Speaking at a BAFTA celebration of his work, Rickman - who went on to play the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves - said his film career had been "a bit of a surprise" and that he felt disdain after being offered the Die Hard gig.
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Audiences looking for a French historical costume drama should look elsewhere, but those who enjoy British period comedies will love it. With a pointed dash of history and politics, this is a silly movie about social status, and it's so well written and played that only cynics won't have a lot of fun with it. Thankfully, the talent both in front of and behind the camera keep the focus on the lively characters, which makes it engaging on a deeper level than expected.
The fictional story is set around real events in 1682 France, as King Louis XIV (Alan Rickman) was planning to move his court from Paris to Versailles, a vast palace still under construction. The final project there is the expansive garden, which landscaper Andre (Matthias Schoenaerts) has to complete on deadline and under budget. And everyone is shocked when he hires the little-known Sabine (Kate Winslet) to build an outdoor ballroom and fountain. But he has been smitten with her skill and passion for gardening, and there's also a gently gurgling romantic spark between them as well. The problem is that his high-society wife (Helen McCrory) notices this and sets out to sabotage Sabine's work.
There's not much here that's historically accurate, from the frankly outrageous costumes to the English filming locations and dialogue that buzzes with specifically British humour. But it's so breezy and snappy that all we can do is sit back and enjoy it for what it is. Those who do so may even find some underlying resonance in the discussions of order and chaos in landscape design, as well as the way honesty is like a blast of fresh air in a world constrained by status. Indeed, the film's most memorable scene is a gorgeously written and played chance encounter between Sabine and the King in which they initially don't know who the other is.
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Alan Rickman - A variety of celebrities were photographed as they attended the UK premiere of 'A Little Chaos' which was held at the Odeon cinema in Kensington, London, United Kingdom - Monday 13th April 2015
The British actor takes the reins for the first time in more than a decade
British favourites Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman have reunited for Rickman’s first film as a director in more than a decade: A Little Chaos. The upcoming romantic drama, which Rickman has also written, is centred round Winslet’s widow Madame Sabine De Barra, a landscape architect who is recruited to design the gardens of King Louis XIV.
Kate Winslet stars as a landscape gardener challening sexual protocols
Rickman plays the French monarch and Matthias Schoenaerts plays master landscaper Andre and Winslet’s love interest within the gardens of Versailles.
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In the palace of Versailles, a tremendous garden is maintained. One day, the builder and head gardener sees an ordinary woman arriving at the palace, and, throwing aside ideas of conformity, chooses to rearrange some of the garden into something that pleases her. He takes her on with the hopes of updating and adding some life to the traditional gardens, and steadily begins to fall for her. As she finds difficulty integrating into the high society that he is from, he ensures her that, in fact, she is envied by the upper classes for her newness. But when that envy turns into something more, the gardener will have to fight tooth and nail to maintain the garden, their love, and their lives.
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The 66-year-old director keeps coming back for more
At age 66, Patrice Leconte clearly has no intention of slowing down. He's been making movies since he was 15 years old, and over his career has made films in a wide variety of genres, from present-day thrillers to period dramas. But he has only just made his first English-language film.
Alan Rickman stars in 'A Promise'
Born in Paris, Leconte made a series of smaller-scale features from the 1960s to the 1980s, then crossed over to international audiences with his 1989 festival hit Monsieur Hire, starring Michel Blanc and Sandrine Bonnaire.
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When a French filmmaker travels to Belgium to film a German story in English, it's hardly surprising that the resulting movie feels somewhat awkward. Fortunately, the filmmaker in question is the detail-oriented Patrice Leconte (The Widow of Saint-Pierre), and he's working with a fine British cast that makes the most of even the stiffest dialogue. It may all feel rather superficial, but the plot is packed with surprising twists and some real emotion.
It's set in 1912 Germany, where young engineer Friedrich (Game of Thrones' Richard Madden) quickly impresses his sardonic boss Karl (Alan Rickman) at the steelworks, and is promoted to be his personal assistant. When Karl is bedridden with a heart problem, Friedrich moves from his squalid garret into Karl's elegant manor house, taking on extra responsibilities as a tutor for Karl's son. He also catches the eye of Karl's much younger wife Lotte (Rebecca Hall). Their attraction is clearly mutual, but both are naturally afraid to say anything about it. And when they finally do, it's just as Friedrich is about to head off to Mexico for a two-year assignment. So they vow to wait to act on their forbidden love until he gets back. Then the Great War breaks out, and their reunion is delayed, seemingly indefinitely.
Intriguingly, there's a sense that Karl invited Friedrich into his home as a replacement both at the factory and as Lotte's husband. This emerges mainly in subtext through Rickman's clever performance, which bristles with wit and emotional energy, effortlessly stealing the focus from the central romance. Madden is suitably likeable as Friedrich, although it's difficult to understand why he is so besotted with Lotte when he already has a devoted girlfriend (Shannon Tarbet) whose only flaw seems to be that she's a bit clingy. Meanwhile, Hall gives a terrific turn as a young woman whose stiff upper lift obscures a near-bursting passion, which she channels into haunting piano playing that echoes through the house, tormenting both Karl and Friedrich.
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