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 ...
Paul
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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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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FRF 50,000,000 (estimated)

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

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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: Le roi n'est pas un sujet.
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Delightful!
29 May 2000 | by (Washington) – See all my reviews

I must say that I wish I could speak better French, simply because this film has such a great sense of humor, it would only intensify the hilarity of the picture. The story was not perhaps the most original, then again, what is? This film had heart and a flow about it that was very interesting and pleasing to the eye and soul. Sometimes I hoped that I could see the lives of the other people in the plot, like that little deaf/mute boy, Paul or whatever happened to the abbot? Overall, I must say that the film is beautifully shot, funny in a very literary, upper minded way and a sheer delight. Not for those with a taste for low-brow humor however.


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