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

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

Goofs

Around 44 min, when Grégoire is talking with Madame de Blayac, her left hand is touching the table, but in the next shot it's just hanging on the chair's the armrest. See more »

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Gregoire Ponceludon de Malavoy: Judas kept excellent company.
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Best French film of the 1990's
7 September 1999 | by MarioBSee all my reviews

This is a very very intelligent movie. From a historical point of view, it's perfect! It shows how cruel and vain the French noblesse was before the French Revolution of 1789, and why this country had a revolution! It's also a fantastic movie for the beauty of the French language. Actors are fabulous, with Berling, Rochefort and Ardant. For me, French cinema is always at it's peak when they're doing comedy of historical movies, like this one, or Beaumarchais l'insolent, Marquise, or Cyrano de Bergerac. By the way, I'd like to tell Thefan-2 of Detroit that the Ridicule of the title don't mean Ridiculous. In the Renaissance French language, it means Hard. And that's what is facing Berling, when he wants to get in touch the king to help the poor people of his land.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

22 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ridicule 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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Dolby | Dolby SR

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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