'Disorder': Top 5 Things You Need to Know

It has been over a year since “Disorder” bowed at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and after what has felt like an eternity, writer/director Alice Winocour’s dramatic thriller starring Matthias Schoenaerts (“Far from the Madding Crowd”) and Diane Kruger (“The Infiltrator”), has finally arrived for American audiences to see and Eclectic Pop has narrowed down the Top 5 Things You Need to Know about this must-see movie. 

#5 What It’s About

“Disorder” follows Vincent (Schoenaerts), a former soldier suffering from PTSD, who takes a job protecting a wealthy businessman’s wife (Kruger) and young son, as head of their security detail. Whilst keeping a watchful eye on them at their palatial mansion, peace and tranquility are soon disrupted, when the husband leaves and a possible threat arrives.

#4 How to Watch

As of now (8/13/16), “Disorder” is only available via Movies On-Demand. If you are a TWC customer with Roku, you will still have to use your Time Warner Cable set box to watch it.

#3 Trivia Tidbits 

After starring in 4 back-to-back costume dramas, Matthias Schoenaerts returns to the present day for the first time since 2014’s “The Drop”. That crime drama reunited Schoenaerts with his "Bullhead" director, Michael R. Roskam and saw him star opposite Tom Hardy as the antagonist to Hardy's quiet bartender character.

"Disorder's" original title (“Maryland”) took its name from the ubiquitous mansion, which plays an integral role in the film's story.

Alice Winocour’s second directorial feature film, her first was the 2012 drama “Augustine”; which she also wrote.

After starring in 5 films in 2015, “Disorder” is Schoenaerts’ second and last film, expected for release in 2016. 

“Disorder” is the third script by Alice Winocour to be made into a feature film. The second was “Mustang”, which was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film award at the 2015 Oscars.

“Disorder” was screened in competition at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard. The winner of the Palm d’Or that year was “Dheepan”, which was directed by Jacques Audiard. Audiard directed Schoenaerts in “Rust and Bone”. 

Matthias Schoenaerts and Alice Winocour have both contributed to movies that earned an Oscar-nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Schoenaerts starred as the lead in the 2011 Flemish/French-language nominee “Bullhead”. While Winocour wrote last year’s Turkish-language nominee, “Mustang”. 

#2 A Chance to See Actual Screen Chemistry between Leads

Expect a bit of forbidden flirtation between the lead characters in "Disorder" and for the actors portraying this scenario to actually bring the sparks necessary to make that realistic. Schoenaerts has stricken believable screen chemistry with every one of of his co-stars, something that has made him a casting go-to for romantic leads and Diane Kruger has a similar gift. Seeing these two share the screen is a film fan’s dream. 

#1 Why You Should Watch

While the concept is highly intriguing, “Disorder” can count its greatest allure as its star, Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts. Schoenaerts is truly one of the best thespians currently working. It is a title he has earned thanks to such magnificent performances as his ones in the brooding “Bullhead” and in the following year’s riveting romantic drama “Rust and Bone”. In “Disorder” he stars in a role similar to the ones in his breakthrough efforts - as an edgy lead, carrying a volatile story with romantic underpinnings.  

As an actor who has proven more than capable of portraying the range between primal abandon (“Blood Ties”, “The Drop”) and gentlemanly calm (“Far from the Madding Crowd”, “A Little Chaos”), his role in "Disorder" brings the opportunity to simultaneously play both. It is something few actors have the ability to pull off and Alice Winocour seems primed to that knowledge as well. She wrote the part in “Disorder” specifically for Schoenaerts.

Last year he starred in 5 movies; 4 of which were available in the U.S. (all of those landed on Eclectic Pop’s Best Films of 2015 list). However, “Disorder” marks his first role as a film’s central lead, since 2011. Here's to hoping it can start a new trend.