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22 November 1996 (USA) See more »
Il n'epargne personne. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 22 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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Charles Berling ... Grégoire Ponceludon de Malavoy

Jean Rochefort ... Le Marquis de Bellegarde

Fanny Ardant ... Madame de Blayac

Judith Godrèche ... Mathilde de Bellegarde
Bernard Giraudeau ... L'Abbée de Vilecourt
Bernard Dhéran ... Monsieur de Montalieri
Carlo Brandt ... Le Chevalier de Milletail

Jacques Mathou ... Abbé de l'Epée
Urbain Cancelier ... Le Roi Louis XVI

Albert Delpy ... Baron de Guéret
Bruno Zanardi ... Paul
Marie Pillet ... Charlotte
Jacques Roman ... Chevernoy
Philippe Magnan ... Baron de Malenval
Maurice Chevit ... Le Notaire
Jacques-François Zeller ... Maurepas
Gérard Hardy ... Victor
Marc Berman ... Duc de Guines
Philippe du Janerand ... Le Généalogiste
Claude Derepp ... Mgr d'Artimont
Isabelle Spade ... Baronne de Boisjoli
Isabelle Petit-Jacques ... Baronne d'Oberkirchner

Nathalie Mann ... Comtesse de Blancfagot
Etienne Draber ... Vicomte du Closlabbe
Fabrice Eberhard ... Chevalier de St. Tronchain
Stephane Fourmond ... Marquis de Cannes
Jean-Jacques Le Vessier ... Vicomte de Sabran
Lucien Pascal ... Monsieur de Blayac

Nicolas Chagrin ... Lord Bolingbroke
Fabien Béhar ... Secrétaire du Roi
Mirabelle Kirkland ... Marie-Antoinette
Marie Llano ... Mère de Léornard
Antonin Lebas-Joly ... Léonard
Didier Abot ... Le Curé
Julien Bukowski ... Gentilhomme
José Fumanal ... L'Officier Duel
Sylvie Herbert ... Mère du Ponceludon
Alain Hocine ... Le Joueur
Clementine Buxtorf ... La Soeur
Boris Napes ... Le Peintre
Gérard Sergue ... Le Voleur
Laurent Valo ... Simon
Claire Garguier ... Thérèse
Marine Guez ... La Cantatrice

Directed by
Patrice Leconte 
Writing credits
Rémi Waterhouse (scenario)

Michel Fessler  screenplay &
Eric Vicaut  collaboration

Rémi Waterhouse (dialogue)

Produced by
Frédéric Brillion .... producer
Philippe Carcassonne .... producer
Gilles Legrand .... producer
Original Music by
Antoine Duhamel 
Cinematography by
Thierry Arbogast 
Film Editing by
Joëlle Hache 
Production Design by
Ivan Maussion 
Costume Design by
Christian Gasc 
Makeup Department
Ginette Arbogast .... makeup artist
Sophie Asse .... assistant hair stylist
Danièle Beugin .... hair stylist
Corinne Cobeaux .... hair stylist
Michèle Constantinides .... makeup artist (as Michelle Constantinides)
Judith Gayo .... makeup artist
Tourya Ibnou Ennadre .... hair stylist
Stéphanie Lemaire .... makeup artist
Mario Messere .... hair stylist
John Nollet .... hair stylist
Jean-Christophe Roger .... additional makeup artist
Cécilia Svahn .... hair stylist
Marc Villeneuve .... hair stylist
Marianne Collette .... makeup artist: crowd (uncredited)
Production Management
Didier Abot .... unit manager
Michèle Arnould .... production manager
Bruno Coulon .... unit manager
Anne Gilles .... assistant unit manager
Fabien Pondevaux .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Grégoire Barachin .... assistant director
Mathieu Bernard .... assistant director
Michel Ganz .... assistant director
Myriam Segall .... assistant director
Karin Spreuzkouski .... assistant director
Jean-Marc Tostivint .... first assistant director
Art Department
Paul Bastide .... assistant decorator
Marie Cheminal .... assistant decorator
Virginie Denis Roy .... assistant decorator
Jacques Kazandian .... assistant decorator (as Jacques Kazandjian)
Manuel Mougin .... property master
Michel Méry .... assistant decorator
Victor Piazza .... assistant decorator
Nicolas Raffy .... assistant decorator
Sound Department
Pascal Chauvin .... foley artist
Patrick Egreteau .... foley artist
Isabelle Filippi .... sound
Michel Filippi .... sound
Jean Goudier .... sound
Dominique Hennequin .... sound
Paul Lainé .... sound
Jean-Louis Lebras .... sound
Sylvie Liebeaux .... sound
Gilles Missir .... sound
Joël Rangon .... sound
Special Effects by
Yves Domenjoud .... special effects supervisor
Rémi Canaple .... stunts
Fabrice Couture .... stunts
Bénédicte Follet .... stunts
Michel Lebranchu .... stunts
Jérôme Henry Team .... stunts (as Jerome Henry)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Aupetit .... grip
Florent Bazin .... first assistant camera
Tahar Boualam .... electrician
Catherine Cabrol .... still photographer
Claude Hirsch .... electrician
Loïc Jouan .... electrician
Raphael Jourdan .... grip
Patrice Leconte .... camera operator
Laurent Malek .... electrician
Pascal Morisset .... underwater cinematographer
Anne Nicolet .... first assistant camera
Frédéric North .... pilot: camera helicopter
Luis Peralta .... electrician
Jérôme Prébois .... still photographer
Michel Revest .... underwater cinematographer
Roland Savoye .... underwater cinematographer
Denis Scozzesi .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Claire Alix .... costumer
Mine Barral-Vergez .... costumer
Jacques Beaujoin .... costumer
Nathalie Causse .... costumer
Maxime Chriqui .... costumer
Liliane Delers .... costumer
Piercarlo Foddis .... costumer
Laurence Guindollet .... costumer
Lionel Hermouet .... costumer
Gaëtan Leudière .... costumer
Jocelyne Lucas .... costumer
Edwige Morel D'Arleux .... costumer
Bernadette Saccage .... costumer
Florence Sadaune .... assistant costume designer
Florence Sadaune .... costumer
Editorial Department
Fanchon Brulé .... assistant editor
Mathilde Butor .... assistant editor
Christian Dutac .... color timer
Stéphanie Gaurier .... assistant editor
Natacha Louis .... video mastering
Yvan Lucas .... color timer
Sylvie Van der Vorm .... assistant editor
Music Department
Elizabeth Duhamel .... musician: Soliste clavecin
Igor Kirkwood .... recording engineer
Claudine Le Coz .... mezzo-soprano (as Claudine Lecoze)
Didier Lizé .... music mixer
Jean-Claude Malgoire .... musical director
Agnès Mellon .... soprano
Dominique Visse .... countertenor
Other crew
Ariel Askénazi .... production administrator
Delphine Berger .... production administrator
Jean-Christophe Boclé .... choreographer
André Couture .... equestrian advisor
Brigitte Faure .... production administrator
Guy Jouannet .... dancer
Marie Leconte .... script supervisor
Pierre Medalin .... underwater
Cecilia Nyström .... production administrator
Maggie Perlado .... script supervisor
Dominique Ricou .... underwater
Stéphane Teillet .... production administrator
Roland Vallet .... production administrator

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Rated R for graphic nudity, some sexuality and brief violence
102 min
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Opening film at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival.See more »
Abbe de Vilecourt:Half naked and with the name of Stinking Bear, and he almost makes us look ridiculous.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Micmacs (2009)See more »


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26 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
the thing that can destroy your life..., 9 April 2003
Author: dbdumonteil

"Ridicule" confirms well a thing: Patrice Leconte is one of the most talented French film-makers that French cinema has known. His gift comes from the fact that ke knows how to find original and eye-catching subjects for his movies and he also knows how to make them fascinating (watch "mister Hire" or "the hairdresser's wife" to be aware of it).

Here, he chose to broach a make his movie around a feeling that men always dreaded: ridicule. The action takes place in 1780, in the reign of Louis XVI. A young noble (Charles Berling) intends to get a meeting with the king, in Versailles. Indeed, he'd like him to lend important sums of money so as to drain marshes infected by mosquitos. This action will enable to save hundreds of peasants. But what Berling doesn't know is that he's not the only one who wants to get a meeting with the king. Hundreds of nobles like him feel the same thing. Above all, according to an elderly noble (Jean Rochefort), when you're in the court of a king, you have to avoid the ridicule which consequences can be disastrous. Berling will learn it, will face it and will just avoid it.

You could compare the court of Louis XVI as a jungle where only the strong survive. The strong are those who are quick-witted and skillful-minded. Ridicule invades the weak and leads them to disgrace, even suicide. With this movie, Leconte's aim is at denouncing vanity and hypocrisy of courtiers in the court of the king who take advantage of their privileged situation.

An outstanding and precise film-making, a dazzling performance especially Jean Rochefort and some powerful cues ("now, you mustn't make a single mistake" said Rochefort to Berling when the last one's going to meet the king). Obviously, the movie doesn't lack ironical humor: when the king asks to a courtier: "I hope it's not a pun" and the courtier replies: "no, Sir, it's a play on words". Play on words and pun mean the same thing.

At the end, a brilliant movie rightly awarded in France where it won the Oscar for the Best movie in 1997

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