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Ridicule (1996)

To get royal backing on a needed drainage project, a poor French lord must learn to play the delicate games of wit at court at Versailles.

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Bernard Giraudeau ...
Bernard Dhéran ...
Monsieur de Montalieri
Carlo Brandt ...
Le Chevalier de Milletail
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Abbé de l'Epée
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Baron de Guéret
Bruno Zanardi ...
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Marie Pillet ...
Charlotte
Jacques Roman ...
Chevernoy
Philippe Magnan ...
Baron de Malenval
Maurice Chevit ...
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In the periwigged and opulent France of Louis XVI, an unwitting nobleman soon discovers that survival at court demands both a razor wit and an acid tongue. Written by Dawn M. Barclift

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Wit is the ultimate weapon. See more »

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Rated R for graphic nudity, some sexuality and brief violence | See all certifications »

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22 November 1996 (USA)  »

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Baronul  »

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FRF 50,000,000 (estimated)

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$48,539 (USA) (22 November 1996)

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$2,503,829 (USA) (21 March 1997)
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Opening film at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. See more »

Quotes

Madame de Blayac: Learn to hide your insincerity, so I may yield without dishonor.
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brilliant
29 July 2001 | by (Palo Alto, CA) – See all my reviews

Patrice Leconte's most achieved feature. The scenario mixes wit, cruelty, finest ferocious humor, politics and romance with a rare balance. Rhythm is fast, and the movie is served by a wonderful cast (many actors are among the best stage actors in France), notably main character Charles Berling and Bernard Gireaudeau's abbe de Villecourt. Jean Rochefort's supporting performance is outstanding, as is the impersonation of a Versailles court's bird of prey by Fanny Ardant. All in all, i.m.h.o., one of the best French movies of the 90s.


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