Ridicule

  • 1996
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama, Historical

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...read more

Where to Watch

Available to Stream

  • Watch on
Rating:

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 a sharp tongue and a keen sense of purpose, Ponceludon sets out to beat the decadent aristos at their own game, only to be sucked into a no-holds-barred war in which murder is done with

words and gestures. Perfectly gorgeous and perfectly nasty.

Cast & Details See all »

  • Released: 1996
  • Rating: R
  • Review: 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 blu… (more)

Show More »

Trending TonightSee all »