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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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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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 »

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Gregoire Ponceludon de Malavoy: Le roi n'est pas un sujet.
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Cutting humor truly a cut above
25 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

I have to say that this film is certainly not for an audience with a predilection for sophomoric or low-brow "hu-mah". The action in this film is nearly entirely a matter of verbal cut and thrust and quick repartee. A period piece shot in pre-revolutionary France in the days of King Louis and Marie Antoinette, Ridicule portrays an era when wit could earn a passport into courtly favor, and one verbal faux pas could ruin a man's reputation and position in society. Charles Berling's performance as Ponceledon, the rustic nobleman trying to bring his petition to drain the disease-infested swamps of his region before the King of France, is in a word, superb... Fanny Ardant is also a well-cast Madame de Blayac, the dexterously duplicitous countess who appears disposed towards aiding Ponceledon in his suit. Ridicule is a genuinely delightful comedy. I recommend it highly even to those who do not speak French. My rating: 9/10.


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