Ridicule

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Released 1996

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Ridicule

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Director:
Patrice Leconte
Released:
1996
Rating:
R
Ridicule is a 1996 French film that takes place in the 18th century, at the famed and hedonistic court of Versailles. The Marquis Gregoire Ponceludon de Malavoy (Charles Berling), although an aristocrat and far removed from the plight of peasants, is concerned about the dangerously unhygienic conditions that they live in. He turns to King Louis XVI (Urbain Cancelier) at his palace in Versailles for financial support in improving their conditions. While at Versailles, Ponceludon learns that possessing a keen sense of wit is essential in surviving Versailles. This is the cornerstone of the aristocrats' favorite game to play, where the rich take turns insulting each other and avoiding insults meted out at them in their desire to emulate Voltaire. Ponceludon is also drawn into a love triangle with Madame de Blayac (Fanny Ardant) and Mathilde Bellegarde (Judith Godreche), both drawn to his sense of social justice and his prowess at the game of wit. While at Versailles, it remains to be seen if Ponceludon can avoid being seduced by the court and remain true to his goal - and if he can avoid being ridiculed.moreless

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