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Chaos (2001)

 Catherine Frot  Vincent Lindon  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)


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  • Actors:  Catherine Frot  Vincent Lindon
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: New Yorker
  • DVD Release Date: December 2, 2003
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C23CW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,876 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Chaos" on IMDb

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CHAOS is a rousing and daring tale combining aspects of pulse-pounding melodrama with loopy battle-of-the-sexes comedy. Helene and Paul, a bourgeois couple, are rushing to a dinner engagement when they see Malika, a young prostitute being chased by three men. As the thugs attack the woman, Paul immediately rolls up the windows and speeds off. Full of remorse, Helene tracks down Malika in the hospital. As Helene nurses Malika through her recovery, she realizes that her life has been changed forever. She can never return to her selfish husband and son. Malika tells Helene a shocking story. She ran away from her family after her father sold her to an Algerian businessman. Homeless, living on the streets, she was turned into a sex slave by a vicious criminal organization. In the tense final act, Helene joins forces with Malika in an elaborate and daring scheme to double–cross her pimps and get both her freedom and her revenge.

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CHAOS is a rousing and daring tale combining aspects of pulse-pounding melodrama with loopy battle-of-the-sexes comedy. Helene and Paul, a bourgeois couple, are rushing to a dinner engagement when they see Malika, a young prostitute being chased by three men. As the thugs attack the woman, Paul immediately rolls up the windows and speeds off. Full of remorse, Helene tracks down Malika in the hospital. As Helene nurses Malika through her recovery, she realizes that her life has been changed forever. She can never return to her selfish husband and son.

Malika tells Helene a shocking story. She ran away from her family after her father sold her to an Algerian businessman. Homeless, living on the streets, she was turned into a sex slave by a vicious criminal organization. In the tense final act, Helene joins forces with Malika in an elaborate and daring scheme to double–cross her pimps and get both her freedom and her revenge.


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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This 2001 award winning French film is offbeat and exhilarating. A middle-class Parisian couple, driving through the streets to a dinner party suddenly encounters a young prostitute being assaulted by three men. The young woman is bloodied and frightened and she runs to their car in a fit of terror. She gets no help from the couple, however, as the husband locks the door and is annoyed that his windshield is bloodied. The wife watches in horror as the young prostitute is further beaten.

The wife, Helene, played by Catherine Frot, is appalled at her insensitive husband and, the next day goes to the hospital to see if the young woman is still alive. She finds her alive, but barely - in a coma and paralyzed. She's so moved that she takes a leave from work and spends all her time in the hospital, tending the recovering woman through a long and arduous recovery. Rachinda Brakni, cast as Noemie, the prostitute, is a fine actress and absolutely captivating with her huge dark eyes and mop of curly hair. She invokes our sympathy completely, especially after the wicked pimps come to the hospital and try to kidnap her.

In the meantime there is trouble in Helene's household which plays out like a satirical comedy, as her husband and son seem to embody the very worst attributes of men. Helene is devoted to Noemie, however, and Noemie eventually recovers completely and shares her incredible story through flashbacks. During the next half of the film, the women plot revenge and eventually the bad guys get caught, the husband and son get their comeuppance and the ending is happy and satisfying.

The film is a fast paced and well-scripted view of the role of women. There's lots of brutality and bloodshed as well as a satirical look at our society.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Divine Revenge May 5, 2004
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This is a captivating thriller and social comedy masterfully guided by Coline Surreau (Three Men and A Cradle). The plot is well enough told above, but I take issue with one review who acted as though the idea of Muslim men selling their second-generation French daughters to Muslim men in Algeria is racist. France is now consumed with the problems of its large Muslim population which has been festering in government housing outside of Paris since they withdrew from Algeria. There are plenty of young French-Algerian women who are over-protected by their chauvinistic brothers and dicatorial fathers. Muslim parents here arrrange their daughter's marriages, and it is no laughing matter. Overnight a woman can literally be a slave to her arranged husband. If she refuses, her family can beat her, and in some cases a rebellious young Muslim woman can lose her life. This is very serious religious chauvinism. If you don't believe that it can't happen, read the April 2004 issue of Vanity Fair where Marie Brenner's article--"Unveiling France's Muslim Problem" lays out the current situation in frightening detail.
This is hardly the first movie about female empowerment, and you're never dis-engaged. The men are fools and idiots here, and all deserve their various moments and levels of comeuppance. But sit back and enjoy a well-plotted movie that will leave you breathless and admiring of the talent it took to create it. An expert cast, a superb director make this one of the most engaging films I've seen this year.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth hurts. March 21, 2004
Format:DVD
The title is apt. What a rollercoaster ride! As for the male characters being stereotypical...I, an Italian-American, could relate. I found myself pumping my fist in the air when the Algerian girl finally gave her brother what he deserved.
I hardly feel sorry for the male reviewers here who complain about the stereotypes. We women are constantly stereotyped in the movies. Wouldn't it be novel if some men stood up for women once in a while?

As for reality, if you read the papers, you'd know that the events in this movie are not an anomaly. It's everyday life for many women--and little girls.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sex Slavery in France and How to Beat It January 27, 2006
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This movie is one of my favorite films. Radhika Brakni is terrific as a young, beautiful Moslem girl who escapes her father's plot to sell her in marriage to an older man only to find herself kinapped by a sex slavery ring. Using her wits, she uses her sexuality (and knowledge of men) to get rich and hides these funds from the pimps. When they find out, they attempt to beat her to death.

When a French male collides with the girl on the road, he ignores her danger - thus leading to the terrible beating. The wife of the driver (Helene) is haunted by the apathy of her husband (and her son) so she tracks down the endangered prostitute and nurses her back to health.

Now, it's a game of cat and mouse as the thugs try to recapture
the heroine, and she joins up with Helene and her mother to escape the brutal kidnappers. In the end, the criminals get their due...and the men in Helene's life are "left out in the cold."This is a chic flic so women everywhere will love this film. It has a very satisfying ending as the prostitute cleverly engineers her revenge. Notwithstanding the positive ending, the movie makes the viewer painfully aware of the heart-rending condition of girls trapped, misled, and kidnapped into sex slavery. Thereforethe film serves as an expose of the social nightmare of sexual slavery. It certainly motivated me to get involved to fund those humanitarian projects assisting women escape real slavery throughout the world. This is a great film with an important societal message. Don't lose the opportunity of seeing it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do not miss this excellent movie
I recommend this movie with no reservations. Excellent layering of story lines and characters.
Published 27 days ago by Mickie Barg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great service, wonderful product.
Published 2 months ago by PIM
1.0 out of 5 stars WHO THE HELL BROUGHT THIS FRENCH CRAPOLA TO THE STATES???
THIS POOR EXCUSE FOR A MOVIE IS NOTHING THAT THE CREDITS ON THE JACKET SAY IT IS!
DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS TRASH!!!
Published 9 months ago by Paul Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece from Coline Serreau
This is a very great feminist film from the extraordinary french director Coline Serreau. Brilliantly constructed, acted and filmed. Merci, Coline!
Published on October 21, 2011 by Janine Canan
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 Stars
Really good emotional drama intelligently woven with bits of levity. Really starts to click mid-way when we discover the main character's background.
Published on March 27, 2011 by nurwho
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be required viewing
I'm still thinking about this movie years after seeing it. I think it's close to perfect. Not only a news report on what's going all around the world in the sex-trafficing mafia,... Read more
Published on November 2, 2010 by Judith Goldsmith
1.0 out of 5 stars did not receive it because of a mistake in the title, careful
I ordered this movie, but instead I received another movie entitled Chaos, this one with Jason Statham, since I already had it in my collection, it was a no go, fortunately the... Read more
Published on March 3, 2010 by N. janus
4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing film
I found this film to be very entertaining. It is about a woman - Malika, in France, forced into a life of prostitution. Read more
Published on August 1, 2008 by Paul A. Marsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent drama/thriller/comedy.
Wow! Considering it was the same director who did Ringu this is a complete change of pace and he is one talented director. Read more
Published on January 27, 2008 by Sheila Bloom
5.0 out of 5 stars Girl Power! Way Cool Movie
This movie was a surprise. Without telling too much of the story, it is an adult comedy. Want to learn French? Read more
Published on January 9, 2007 by S. M. Patino
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