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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, Michel Fessler (collaborating writer) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 20 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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:

FRF50,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,979,768

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,979,768
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Randall Wallace hired Judith Godrèche in The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) because he was a fan of her work in this movie. See more »

Quotes

Abbe de Vilecourt: Half naked and with the name of Stinking Bear, and he almost makes us look ridiculous.
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brilliant
29 July 2001 | by moulyaSee all my reviews

Patrice Leconte's most achieved feature. The scenario mixes wit, cruelty, finest ferocious humor, politics and romance with a rare balance. Rhythm is fast, and the movie is served by a wonderful cast (many actors are among the best stage actors in France), notably main character Charles Berling and Bernard Gireaudeau's abbe de Villecourt. Jean Rochefort's supporting performance is outstanding, as is the impersonation of a Versailles court's bird of prey by Fanny Ardant. All in all, i.m.h.o., one of the best French movies of the 90s.


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