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Ridicule (1996)

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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.

Director:

Patrice Leconte

Writers:

Rémi Waterhouse (scenario), Michel Fessler (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Berling ... Ponceludon
Jean Rochefort ... Bellegarde
Fanny Ardant ... Mme de Blayac
Judith Godrèche ... Mathilde (as Judith Godreche)
Bernard Giraudeau ... Vilecourt
Bernard Dhéran Bernard Dhéran ... Montalieri
Carlo Brandt ... Milletail
Jacques Mathou ... Abbé de l'Epée
Urbain Cancelier ... Louis XVI
Albert Delpy ... Baron de Guéret
Bruno Zanardi Bruno Zanardi ... Paul
Marie Pillet Marie Pillet ... Charlotte
Jacques Roman Jacques Roman ... Chevernoy
Philippe Magnan Philippe Magnan ... Baron de Malenval
Maurice Chevit Maurice Chevit ... le Notaire
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Il n'epargne personne. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic nudity, some sexuality and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Miramax [United States]

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

22 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baronul See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF 50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$48,539, 24 November 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,503,829, 23 March 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

It is worth noting the presence of a real historical figure, father Charles Michel de l'Épée. The abbot de l'Épée was one of the first to take an interest in the issue of public education for the deaf, giving priority to sign language as a language of instruction. See more »

Quotes

Gregoire Ponceludon de Malavoy: Le roi n'est pas un sujet.
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Malicious Wordplay, and Watch Your Back
3 August 2004 | by Terrell-4See all my reviews

Ridicule is a French film which takes place in 1783, a few years before Louis XVI lost the ability to wear a hat; where "...in this country, vices are without consequence, but ridicule can kill." The film is about the effect of wit and word play on people's lives and careers. Malicious, mannered and highly enjoyable. Charles Berling, Jean Rochefort, Bernard Giraudeau and Fanny Ardant are excellent. A man would be a fool not to want to bed Ardant, and even more a fool to trust her. The love affair between Berling and his deep-diving sweetheart is amusing and endearing.

The film is sumptuously mounted. The dialogue is so clever a knowledge of French might be in order, but the English subtitles do a superb job of conveying the witty, cruel, self-serving word play.


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