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Ridicule

Director: Patrice Leconte
Writer: Rémi Waterhouse
Director of Photography: Thierry Arbogast
Editor: Joëlle Hache
Music: Antoine Duhamel
Production Designer: Ivan Maussion
Producers: Gilles Legrand, Frédéric Brillion and Philippe Carcassonne
Miramax; R; 102 minutes
Release: 11/96
Cast: Charles Berling, Jean Rochefort, Fanny Ardant, Judith Godrèche and Bernard Giraudeau
In French with English subtitles

The tongue is mightier than the sword, and in Ridicule sharpness of tongue defines one's place in the court of pre-Revolution France. Position is everything as nobleman Ponceludon (Berling) finds when he tries to ask Louis XVI permission to drain malaria-infested water from his land. But Ponceludon must earn entry with his wit, which, to his surprise, proves incisively scathing. Deliciously wicked in her shallowness, Madame de Blayac (Ardant) is smitten with Ponceludon's barbs and plays a pivotal role in his ascent. A stylish satire on the outrageous politics of protocol.


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