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Ridicule Details

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This is a French costume drama from director [[Performer~P99108~Patrice Leconte~patriceleconte]] that recalls both [[Feature~V12171~Dangerous Liaisons~dangerousliaisons]] (1988) and [[Feature~V135445~Restoration~restoration]] (1995). Gregoire Ponceludon de Malavoy ([[Performer~P195199~Charles Berling~charlesberling]]) is a baron of the 18th century French countryside, wealthy in property and high in social position but poor in cash. Local peasants -- dependent upon his largesse for their income -- are in poor health, the result of a festering marsh that, if drained, could solve the villagers' illnesses and create valuable farmland. Ponceludon travels to Versailles to plead his case before King Louis XVI. There, he is informed that he has no chance of success unless he can impress the court with his verbal prowess, for the king and his minions value banter, preferably of the ironic, cruel, and insulting variety, above all else. Under the tutelage of the Marquis de Bellegarde ([[Performer~P60901~Jean Rochefort~jeanrochefort]]), Ponceludon discovers that his sober, blunt honesty can be mistaken for a skewering wit. Though the baron falls for his mentor's science-minded daughter Mathilde ([[Performer~P138977~Judith Godreche~judithgodrèche]]), he's forced to woo the politically powerful Madame de Blayac ([[Performer~P2121~Fanny Ardant~fannyardant]]). Ridicule (1996) opened the 1996 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
French Academy of Cinema Ivan Maussion Best Art Direction 1996 Winner
French Academy of Cinema Patrice Leconte Best Director 1996 Winner
French Academy of Cinema Patrice Leconte Best French Film 1996 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Patrice Leconte Best Foreign Language Film 1996 Nominee
French Academy of Cinema Christian Gasc Best Costume Design 1996 Winner

Cast

Charles Berling
as Ponceludon de Malavoy
Fanny Ardant
as Madame de Blayac
Judith Godrèche
as Mathilde de Bellegarde
Jean Rochefort
as Marquis de Bellegarde
Bernard Giraudeau
as L'Abbe de Vilecourt
Bernard Dheran
as Montalieri

Crew

Patrice Leconte
Director
Philippe Carcassonne
Producer
Frederic Brillion
Producer
Gilles Legrand
Producer
Remi Waterhouse
Screenwriter
Eric Vicaut
Screenwriter
Michel Fessler
Screenwriter
Thierry Arbogast
Cinematographer
Antoine Duhamel
Composer (Music Score)
Joëlle Hache
Editor
Ivan Maussion
Production Designer
Manuel Mougin
Art Director
Christian Gasc
Costume Designer
Dominique Hennequin
Sound/Sound Designer
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