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Ridicule (1996)

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
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Abbé de l'Epée
Urbain Cancelier ...
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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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Il n'epargne personne. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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)  »

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Baronul  »

Box Office

Budget:

FRF 50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$59,841 (USA) (1 December 1996)

Gross:

$2,503,829 (USA) (23 March 1997)
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Mathilde is a character typical of the Enlightenment era, devoted to science, embarked on the creation of a simple diving suit, called "hydrostathetic machine". This detail is historically correct, the real model being the diving suit by Freminet (1774). See more »

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Gregoire Ponceludon de Malavoy: Le roi n'est pas un sujet.
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Referenced in Mic Macs à Tire-Larigot (2009) See more »

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History 101
6 June 2002 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

It's been a few weeks since I've seen this movie, and I still think about it from time to time. The cover box is deceptively sexual, because the story is mostly about a man fitting in to a new society, the compromises that entails, and the love he has for a girl outside his new circle. The history lesson about 17th century France is worth the rental alone, as you will be exposed to the scientific, environmental, and political climate of the time. And the central theme of how much dignity a person should sacrifice for a greater good is, I think, a universal one and would resonate with most viewers. In short, I really like this film and would recommend it to anyone.


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