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Ridicule (1996)



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Set in late 18th-century France during the reign of Louis XVI, this costumer provides a fascinating glance into a time where a cruel rapier wit would take one further up the social ladder than gold, land, or birthright and where ridicule could drive a man to suicide.

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Charles Berling
as Ponceludon de Malavoy
Fanny Ardant
as Madame de Blayac
Judith Godrèche
as Mathilde de Bellagarde
Bernard Giraudeau
as L'Abbe de Vilecourt
Jean Rochefort
as Marquis de Bellagarde
Carlo Brandt
as Chevalier de Milletail
Bernard Dheran
as Monsieur de Montalieri
Albert Delpy
as Baron de Gueret
Jacques Mathou
as Abbot de l'Epee
Marie Pillet
as Charlotte
Jacques Roman
as Colonel de Chevernoy
Philippe Magnan
as Baron de Malenval
Maurice Chevit
as The Notary
Marc Berman
as Duke de Guines
Philippe Du Janerand
as The Genealogist
Claude Dereppe
as Monsignor d'Artimont
Isabelle Spade
as Baroness de Boisjoli
Isabelle Petit-Jacques
as Baroness d'Oberkirchner
Nathalie Mann
as Countess de Blancfagot
Etienne Draber
as Viscount du Closlabbe
Fabrice Eberhard
as Knight de St. Tronchain
Stephane Fourmond
as Marquis de Carmes
Jean-Jacques Le Vessier
as Viscount de Sabran
Lucien Pascal
as Monsieur de Blayac
Nicolas Chagrin
as Lord Bolingbroke
Fabien Behar
as Secretary to the King
Mirabelle Kirkland
as Marie-Antoinette
Marie Llano
as Leonard's Mother
Didier Abot
as The Priest
Julien Bukowski
as Gentleman
José Fumanal
as Officer in Duel
Sylvie Herbert
as Ponceludon's Mother
Alain Hocine
as Le Player
Boris Napes
as The Painter
Gérard Sergue
as The Thief
Marine Guez
as The Singer
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Critic Reviews for Ridicule

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (7)

Imagine a time when all compliments are two-faced, when every truth is tinged with irony, when insults are the currency of humor. We have more in common with the 18th century than we might imagine.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audiences will respond favorably to its overall warmth, and the motion picture academy may, too.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4
Top Critic

One of the sturdiest, most entertaining French films of recent years...

February 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Despite its elaborate costumes and wigs and its comedy-of- manners verbal games, ``Ridicule'' exhibits passion as well as style.

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Beautifully dark, funny and nasty.

December 5, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

The acting or the story did not excite me enough to think that this clever film was anything special, except as a mildly diverting farce.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ridicule

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

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


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.

Bill Cavros
Bill Cavros

Super Reviewer

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