Ridicule Poster

Release Date: November 27th, 1996

DVD Release Date: January 13th, 2004

R|1 hr 42 min

Plot Summary
Moved by the difficulties faced by peasants living in the mosquito-ridden swamplands near Lyon, aristocratic engineer Marquis Grégoire Ponceludon de Malavoy (Charles Berling) devises a plan to drain the boggy land. But to gain an audience with King Louis XVI (Urbain Cancelier) in Versailles, he learns he must impress the royal court with his verbal wit. Drawn into a world of ever-shifting alliances where words are used as weapons, the Marquis begins to lose sight of his noble intentions.

Cast: Charles Berling, Jean Rochefort, Fanny Ardant, Judith Godrèche, Bernard Giraudeau, Bernard Dhéran, Carlo Brandt, Jacques Mathou

Director: Patrice Leconte

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Miramax

Keywords: Transformation, Quest, Witty


Nominated Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated Foreign Language Film
Winner Film Not in the English Language
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1996)