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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:

Wit is the ultimate weapon. 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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Details

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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Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Opening film at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival. See more »

Quotes

Madame de Blayac: Learn to hide your insincerity, so I may yield without dishonor.
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Referenced in Baghead (2008) See more »

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Cutting humor truly a cut above
25 January 2001 | by Caledonia Twin #1See all my reviews

I have to say that this film is certainly not for an audience with a predilection for sophomoric or low-brow "hu-mah". The action in this film is nearly entirely a matter of verbal cut and thrust and quick repartee. A period piece shot in pre-revolutionary France in the days of King Louis and Marie Antoinette, Ridicule portrays an era when wit could earn a passport into courtly favor, and one verbal faux pas could ruin a man's reputation and position in society. Charles Berling's performance as Ponceledon, the rustic nobleman trying to bring his petition to drain the disease-infested swamps of his region before the King of France, is in a word, superb... Fanny Ardant is also a well-cast Madame de Blayac, the dexterously duplicitous countess who appears disposed towards aiding Ponceledon in his suit. Ridicule is a genuinely delightful comedy. I recommend it highly even to those who do not speak French. My rating: 9/10.


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