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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 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 ...
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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)  »

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

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Gregoire Ponceludon de Malavoy: Peasants feed aristocrats as well as mosquitoes.
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Referenced in Very Important Pennis: Very Important Pennis: Part 3 (1997) See more »

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Cutting humor truly a cut above
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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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