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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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Bernard Dhéran ...
Monsieur de Montalieri
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Le Chevalier de Milletail
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Chevernoy
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Baron de Malenval
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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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Il n'epargne personne. 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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Budget:

FRF 50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$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

Monsieur Bellegarde: Don't laugh with your mouth open. It's too rustic.
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Referenced in Baghead (2008) See more »

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Gem of subtlety
6 September 2001 | by (Paris) – See all my reviews

I have seen this film recently on video after having missed it at the cinema and on TV. I knew it would be all about cruelty of words and superficiality of elites. Indeed, this film is a true gem, very well played, sharp and quick. It tells the story of a young provincial nobleman discovering the Versailles Court as he tries to get funding for his project. What he finds will lead the nobility to its brutal end 6 years later: futility, self-conceit, disinterest to the people's problems, superficiality of relationships (all of which still pervade it modern French elite, to some respects as was evident from revelations of Mitterrand's shameful reign). Of course the political message is important. But equally if not more important -or pleasurable- are the dialogues. French can be so brutal, insidious, cruel, tortured, witty when used a propos that I'm not sure the non-French speakers could get the most of the dialogues. Certainly the absolutely brilliant rhymes contest would be somehow lost in English subtitles. A very good 9/10 for this movie, and a bit less if you don't get the dialogues.


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