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      Ridicule

      1996, Drama, 1h 42m

      20 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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      Movie Info

      Moved by the difficulties faced by peasants living in the mosquito-ridden swamplands near Lyon, aristocratic engineer Marquis Grégoire Ponceludon de Malavoy (Charles Berling) devises a plan to drain the boggy land. But to gain an audience with King Louis XVI (Urbain Cancelier) in Versailles, he learns he must impress the royal court with his verbal wit. Drawn into a world of ever-shifting alliances where words are used as weapons, the Marquis begins to lose sight of his noble intentions.

      Cast & Crew

      Charles Berling
      Jean Rochefort
      Fanny Ardant
      Judith Godrèche
      Bernard Giraudeau
      Bernard Dhéran
      Carlo Brandt
      Jacques Mathou
      Urbain Cancelier
      Albert Delpy
      Antoine Duhamel
      Thierry Arbogast
      Joëlle Hache
      Ivan Maussion
      Christian Gasc

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      • Feb 23, 2014

        Typical fare that critics love to love, and I just don't relate to.

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      • Jan 13, 2013

        A provincial lord goes to Versailles to entreat Louis XVI to finance an engineering project that will save his villagers. This film's concept is engaging and interesting, in the ilk of Dangerous Liaisons: I like the idea that one's wit an ability to manipulate social standing have economic and political weight. Such a concept demonstrates the power of rhetoric as a creation of reality. However, the execution of the film leaves much to be desired. When the film presents itself as an exhibition of fine wits, it is reasonable to expect witty remarks, but all the repartee, witticisms, barbs, come-backs, and clever insults (no puns, of course) are rather lame. There's more wit in a bad House episode than in this whole film. What is more, the love triangle doesn't work for me because the final result is a predictable fait d'accompli. Finally, the conclusion of the film essentially makes the action that preceded it meaningless. Overall, while I like the film's central thesis, I can't find much to like in the action or plot

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      • Sep 11, 2010

        The man who is to make the introduction is Monsieur de Blayac layes on his deathbed and in walks Monsieur de Montalieri who exemplifies the unchristian nature of the clergy in the French court. He reminds Blayac of an insult from many decades before and in bizarre fashion whips it out and starts peeing on him. The director zooms in for a p***is extreme close-up for some reason, and really that will be my most disturbing memorable moment of the movie. Gregoire attempts learn how to play the part of a successful Courtier, while convincing himself that it is just an act. His instructor is Marquis de Bellegarde who is an experienced courtier but lacking in the intellect to really make it. He sees in Gregoire the quick wit that he wished he had. Gregoire falls for Bellegardes daughter who is as equally as super aultruistic, but is arranged to a much elderly count who arranges to marry her for 2,000 frac allowance an Bimonthly bed visitations. Next time I’ll just dig up an old copy of Dangerous Liaisons, Glen Close at the top of her acting game.

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