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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