Ridicule


1h 42m 1996

Brief Synopsis

In the age of Louix XVI, a modest country engineer traveled to Versailles with a plan to save the people of his village from an epidemic by asking the king to subsidize a swamp drainage system. He thought he would persuade the palace with logic, reason, and an appeal to human decency. He was wrong.

Film Details

Also Known As
Le
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1996
Production Company
Cinea Productions; France 3 Cinéma; Gras Savoye; Investimage 4; Polygram Filmed Entertainment; Procirep; StudioCanal
Distribution Company
Miramax Zoe; Cecchi Gori Pictures; Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Haskolabio; Miramax Home Entertainment; Monopole Pathe Films Ag; Polygram Filmed Entertainment

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m

Synopsis

In the age of Louix XVI, a modest country engineer traveled to Versailles with a plan to save the people of his village from an epidemic by asking the king to subsidize a swamp drainage system. He thought he would persuade the palace with logic, reason, and an appeal to human decency. He was wrong. To succeed in this court, he'll have to learn to dress, to dance, to scheme, to seduce--and above all, he'll learn that wit is the ultimate weapon. In this strange world of decadence, where fortunes and power change hands overnight, where men are made and ruined in an instant, the key to survival is avoiding the ultimate disgrace: ridicule. In a place where even the slightest misstep can be fatal, he'll have to focus every ounce of energy on extracting royal favor. The one thing he must not do... is fall in love.

Crew

Didier Abot

Coordinator'S Assistant

Guy Adoh

Coordinator'S Assistant

Claire Alix

Wardrobe Department

Ginette Arbogast

Makeup Department

Thierry Arbogast

Director Of Photography

Michele Arnould

Unit Production Manager

Ariel Askenazi

Production Office

Eric Aupetit

Grip

Gregoire Barachin

Director'S Assistant

Gilbert Barade

Art Department

Mine Barral-vergez

Wardrobe Department

Cyrille Bastide

Art Department

Paule Bastide

Art Department

Florent Bazin

Camera Crew

Jacques Beaujoin

Wardrobe Department

Delphine Berger

Production Office

Mathieu Bernard

Director'S Assistant

Daniele Beugin

Hairdresser Department

Jean-christophe Bocle

Choreographer

Tahar Boualam

Electrician

Michel-pierre Boulouiz

Art Department

Patrick Bretonniere

Art Department

Frederic Brillion

Producer

Fanchon Brule

Editing Department

Mathilde Butor

Editing Department

Catherine Cabrol

Still Photographer

Remi Canaple

Stunts

Philippe Carcassonne

Producer

Nathalie Caussie

Wardrobe Department

Pascal Chauvin

Sound Effects

Patricia Chauvin

Coordinator'S Assistant

Marie Cheminal

Art Department

Maxine Chriqui

Wardrobe Department

Michele Constantinides

Makeup Department

Corinne Corbeaux

Hairdresser Department

Bruno Coulon

Coordinator'S Assistant

Fabrice Couture

Stunts

Edwige Morel D'arleux

Wardrobe Department

Hubert Delers

Wardrobe Department

Liliane Delers

Wardrobe Department

Virginie Denis

Art Department

Antoine Duhamel

Music Composer

Christian Dutac

Color Grading

Patrick Egreteau

Sound Effects

Patrice Fasola

Art Department

Brigitte Faure

Production Office

Isabelle Filippi

Sound Crew

Michel Filippi

Sound Crew

Piercarlo Foddis

Wardrobe Department

Benedicte Follet

Stunts

Michel Ganz

Director'S Assistant

Christian Gasc

Costume Designer

Stephanie Gaurier

Editing Department

Judith Gayo

Chief Makeup

Anne Gilles

Coordinator'S Assistant

Joyun Gonnet

Wardrobe Department

Adelaide Gosselin

Wardrobe Department

Jean Goudier

Sound Editor

Jean-pierre Grandet

Art Department

Herve Guignot

Art Department

Laurence Guindollet

Wardrobe Department

Claude Guyon

Art Department

Joelle Hache

Supervising Editor

Dominique Hennequin

Sound Mixer

Lionel Hermouet

Wardrobe Department

Claude Hirch

Key Electrician

Tourya Ibnou-ennadre

Hairdresser Department

Loic Jouan

Electrician

Guy Jouannet

Translator

Raphael Jourdan

Grip

Jacques Kazandjian

Art Department

Igor Kirkwood

Sound Crew

Paul Laine

Sound Supervisor

Michel Lebranchu

Stunts

Jean-louis Lebras

Sound Crew

Marie Leconte

Continuity Trainee

Emmanuel Legrand

Production Coordinator

Gilles Legrand

Producer

Stephanie Lemaire

Makeup Department

Gaetan Leudiere

Wardrobe Department

Sylvie Liebeaux

Sound Crew

Didier Lize

Sound Crew

Jocelyne Lucas

Wardrobe Department

Yvan Lucas

Color Grading

Laurent Malek

Electrician

Ivan Maussion

Production Designer

Pierre Medalin

Other

Michel Mery

Art Department

Pierre Mery

Art Department

Mario Messere

Hairdresser Department

Gilles Missir

Sound Crew

Romain Montfort

Art Department

Pascal Morisset

Other

Didier Morlet

Art Department

Manuel Mougin

Props

Anne Nicolet

Camera Crew

John Nollet

Chief Hairdresser

Fred North

Aerial Unit

Cecilia Nystrom

Production Office

Jean Onno

Art Department

Maggie Perlado

Script Supervisor

Herve Perquer

Art Department

Luis Perralta

Electrician

Daniel Pesquer

Art Department

Victor Piazza

Art Department

Jerome Prebois

Still Photographer

Nicolas Raffy

Art Department

Joel Rangon

Sound Crew

Charlet Recors

Aerial Unit

Michel Revest

Other

Dominique Ricou

Other

Jean-christopher Roger

Makeup Department

Pierre Roger

Art Department

Bernadette Saccage

Wardrobe Department

Florence Sadaune

Wardrobe Department

Roland Savoye

Other

Denis Scozzesi

Key Grip

Myriam Segall

Director'S Assistant

Josephine Sourdel

Director'S Assistant

Gerard Soussi

Art Department

Karine Spreuzkouski

Director'S Assistant

Bettina Strainchamps

Coordinator'S Assistant

Sandrine Strauss

Editing Department

Cecilia Svahn

Hairdresser Department

Astride Taissac

Wardrobe Department

Stephanie Teillet

Production Office

Jean-marie Thomas

Art Department

Jean-marc Tostivint

Director'S Assistant

Roland Vallet

Production Office

Sylvie Van Der Vorm

Editing Department

Marc Villeneuve

Hairdresser Department

Remi Waterhouse

Screenwriter

Film Details

Also Known As
Le
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1996
Production Company
Cinea Productions; France 3 Cinéma; Gras Savoye; Investimage 4; Polygram Filmed Entertainment; Procirep; StudioCanal
Distribution Company
Miramax Zoe; Cecchi Gori Pictures; Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Haskolabio; Miramax Home Entertainment; Monopole Pathe Films Ag; Polygram Filmed Entertainment

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 42m

Award Nominations

Best Foreign Language Film

1996

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 1997 David Award, Italy's equivalent of the Oscar, for Best Foreign Film.

Winner of 1996 Cesar Award for Best Picture and Best Director (co-winner with Bertrand Tavernier for "Capitaine Conan").

Winner of the 1996 award for Best Foreign Film from the National Board of Review.

Winner of the 1996 award for Best Foreign Language Film from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

Winner of the Golden Hugo at the 1996 Chicago International Film Festival.

Released in United States Fall November 27, 1996

Expanded Release in United States December 6, 1996

Expanded Release in United States December 13, 1996

Expanded Release in United States December 20, 1996

Released in United States on Video June 24, 1997

Released in United States August 1996

Released in United States September 1996

Released in United States October 1996

Released in United States November 1996

Released in United States October 2006

Shown at Drambuie Edinburgh Film Festival August 11-25, 1996.

Shown at Boston Film Festival September 6-19, 1996.

Shown at Chicago International Film Festival October 10-20, 1996.

Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival October 4-20, 1996.

Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival (Contemporary International Cinema) East Hampton, New York October 16-20, 1996.

Shown at London Film Festival November 7-24, 1996.

Shown at Pusan International Film Festival (Special Program - Contemporary French Auteurs) October 12-20, 2006.

Re-released in France February 5, 1997.

Released in United States Fall November 27, 1996

Expanded Release in United States December 6, 1996

Expanded Release in United States December 13, 1996

Expanded Release in United States December 20, 1996

Released in United States on Video June 24, 1997

Released in United States August 1996 (Shown at Drambuie Edinburgh Film Festival August 11-25, 1996.)

Released in United States September 1996 (Shown at Boston Film Festival September 6-19, 1996.)

Released in United States October 1996 (Shown at Chicago International Film Festival October 10-20, 1996.)

Released in United States October 1996 (Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival October 4-20, 1996.)

Released in United States October 1996 (Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival (Contemporary International Cinema) East Hampton, New York October 16-20, 1996.)

Released in United States October 2006 (Shown at Pusan International Film Festival (Special Program - Contemporary French Auteurs) October 12-20, 2006.)

Released in United States November 1996 (Shown at London Film Festival November 7-24, 1996.)

Released in United States October 1996 (Shown at AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival (European Union Film Showcase) October 18-31, 1996.)

The Country of France