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Ridicule Patrice Leconte's engaging comedy of manners about Louis XVI's court, where wit was king and ridicule could kill, transfers to video tres bien....RidiculeDrama, Foreign LanguagePT102MR Patrice Leconte's engaging comedy of manners about Louis XVI's court, where wit was king and ridicule could kill, transfers to video tres bien....1997-06-27Epithète Films
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Ridicule

Genre: Drama, Foreign Language; Starring: Judith Godreche, Patrice Leconte, Remi Waterhouse; Director: Patrice Leconte; Author: Remi Waterhouse; Runtime (in minutes): 102; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Epithète Films

Patrice Leconte’s engaging comedy of manners about Louis XVI’s court, where wit was king and ridicule could kill, transfers to video tres bien. Remi Waterhouse’s script of Ridicule concerns a kind and — lucky for him — witty engineer (Chales Berling) who seeks royal funds to drain his village’s malarial swamps. To win the king’s favor, he must first win the French Open Mouth, an endless dissing contest in which ignoble nobles bandy wordplay and serve up ruthless jest. An off-court romance between Berling and a beautiful young scientist is sweetly satisfying, and Fanny Ardant’s countess goes down like vintage Bordeaux. B+