Reinterpreting Cinematic Utopia in Coline Serreau's Chaos (2001)
In French filmmaker Coline Serreau’s Chaos, female characters flee the urban status quo, live through (and thrive in) moments of chaos, and finally end their travels in a pastoral seaside home. In depicting a cinematic trip to a seemingly feminine utopia, the film addresses a societal problem that remains under-represented in mainstream cinema: gender inequality and, in particular, transcultural gender inequality. In analyzing Serreau’s gendered approach to utopian fiction, I demonstrate how Chaos manipulates seemingly classic Hollywood narrative form and style to question the gendered status quo of modern Parisian society.
Devereux Herbeck, Mariah. (2012). "Reinterpreting Cinematic Utopia in Coline Serreau's Chaos (2001)". The French Review, 85(5), 904-914.