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Ridicule (1996)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernard Giraudeau ...
Bernard Dhéran ...
Monsieur de Montalieri
Carlo Brandt ...
Le Chevalier de Milletail
Jacques Mathou ...
Abbé de l'Epée
Urbain Cancelier ...
Albert Delpy ...
Baron de Guéret
Bruno Zanardi ...
Marie Pillet ...
Jacques Roman ...
Philippe Magnan ...
Baron de Malenval
Maurice Chevit ...
Le Notaire


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 »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Release Date:

22 November 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Baronul  »

Box Office


FRF 50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


ITL 503,641,000 (Italy) (11 April 1997)

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Opening film at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. See more »


Abbe de Vilecourt: Half naked and with the name of Stinking Bear, and he almost makes us look ridiculous.
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Malicious Wordplay, and Watch Your Back
3 August 2004 | by (San Antonio, Texas) – See all my reviews

Ridicule is a French film which takes place in 1783, a few years before Louis XVI lost the ability to wear a hat; where " this country, vices are without consequence, but ridicule can kill." The film is about the effect of wit and word play on people's lives and careers. Malicious, mannered and highly enjoyable. Charles Berling, Jean Rochefort, Bernard Giraudeau and Fanny Ardant are excellent. A man would be a fool not to want to bed Ardant, and even more a fool to trust her. The love affair between Berling and his deep-diving sweetheart is amusing and endearing.

The film is sumptuously mounted. The dialogue is so clever a knowledge of French might be in order, but the English subtitles do a superb job of conveying the witty, cruel, self-serving word play.

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