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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Monsieur de Montalieri
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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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Monsieur Bellegarde: Don't laugh with your mouth open. It's too rustic.
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Best French film of the 1990's
7 September 1999 | by (Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a very very intelligent movie. From a historical point of view, it's perfect! It shows how cruel and vain the French noblesse was before the French Revolution of 1789, and why this country had a revolution! It's also a fantastic movie for the beauty of the French language. Actors are fabulous, with Berling, Rochefort and Ardant. For me, French cinema is always at it's peak when they're doing comedy of historical movies, like this one, or Beaumarchais l'insolent, Marquise, or Cyrano de Bergerac. By the way, I'd like to tell Thefan-2 of Detroit that the Ridicule of the title don't mean Ridiculous. In the Renaissance French language, it means Hard. And that's what is facing Berling, when he wants to get in touch the king to help the poor people of his land.


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