MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 227 this week

Ridicule (1996)

7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 5,295 users  
Reviews: 48 user | 31 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(scenario), (screenplay), 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

Staff Picks: Childhood Fears

To celebrate Halloween, IMDb staff members recall some of their deepest childhood fears that were glimpsed on TV or at the movies.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 08 Dec 2010
 
a list of 24 titles
created 24 Jun 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 46 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 38 titles
created 3 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Ridicule" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Ridicule (1996)

Ridicule (1996) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Ridicule.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 21 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In a small French colony, a drunken man kills someone. While a guillotine is being shipped in, he changes, becoming a good and popular man.

Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Juliette Binoche, Daniel Auteuil, Emir Kusturica
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Twelve-year-old Antoine falls profoundly in love with a voluptuous but suicidal hairdresser, a formative experience he never forgets. Much later in life, he seeks to repeat his romance by ... See full summary »

Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Jean Rochefort, Anna Galiena, Roland Bertin
Monsieur Hire (1989)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A recluse is accused of murdering a young woman simply because his neighbors think he is strange.

Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Michel Blanc, Sandrine Bonnaire, Luc Thuillier
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A teacher and a gangster meet by chance in a small town pharmacy. As a friendship of sorts develops between these opposite personalities, each starts to envy the other and by the week's end... See full summary »

Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Jean Rochefort, Johnny Hallyday, Jean-François Stévenin
Love Street (2002)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A handyman in a 1940s Paris brothel tries to help the prostitute he loves with her singing career and romantic life.

Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Patrick Timsit, Laetitia Casta, Vincent Elbaz
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A Frenchwoman tells her marital troubles to a man she mistakes for a psychiatrist, and soon they form an unusual relationship.

Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Sandrine Bonnaire, Fabrice Luchini, Michel Duchaussoy
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

It's night on a Paris bridge. A girl leans over Seine River with tears in her eyes and a violent yearning to drown her sorrows. Out of nowhere someone takes an interest in her. He is Gabor,... See full summary »

Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Vanessa Paradis, Daniel Auteuil, Frédéric Pfluger
Tandem (1987)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Michel Mortez is going to and fro France to compere a radio game he created 25 years ago. He is famous among the average Frenchmen. But he is also a poker. Rivetot, his assistant and ... See full summary »

Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Gérard Jugnot, Jean Rochefort, Sylvie Granotier
Tango (1993)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Vincent, a stunt pilot, is acquitted of murdering his wife and her lover. However, a few years later, L'Elegant, the Judge in the case, comes to blackmail him. The Judge's nephew, Paul, is ... See full summary »

Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Philippe Noiret, Richard Bohringer, Thierry Lhermitte
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Jane Birkin, Michel Blanc, Jacques Villeret
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Michel Blanc, Bernard Giraudeau, Thérèse Liotard
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Michel Blanc, Anémone, Xavier Saint-Macary
Edit

Cast

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 ...
Paul
Marie Pillet ...
Charlotte
Jacques Roman ...
Chevernoy
Philippe Magnan ...
Baron de Malenval
Maurice Chevit ...
Le Notaire
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Wit is the ultimate weapon. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 November 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Baronul  »

Box Office

Budget:

FRF 50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Quotes

Abbe de Vilecourt: Fresh from the country, you must find our courtly ways ridiculous.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Very Important Pennis: Very Important Pennis: Part 3 (1997) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Fanny Ardant is fantastic novanna
Half of a Great Movie neckert7
Wonderful Film 1700s
Classifications in Ridicule acumensch
Don't you have the impression... intigfx
Mistake on photo 35/36 kkv-3
Discuss Ridicule (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?