Ridicule

1996, Movie, R, 102 mins

Ridicule
What a pleasure: a lavish costume drama whose underpinnings -- waspish dialogue and finely modulated performances -- are as intricate and well-made as its shimmering surface. Not since QUEEN MARGOT has history seemed such wicked fun. It's 1780: Country blue blood Gregoire Ponceludon de Malavoy (Charles Berling) attempts to navigate the Kafka-esque intrigues of the court of King Louis XVI, in hopes of getting funding for a land-drainage project that will improve the lives of his peasants. He quickly learns that humanitarian impulses count for nothing in the Court of Versailles, but wit -- with which he happens to have been blessed -- is revered above all. Armed with...
Released: 1996 Rated: R Length: 102 mins

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