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Ridicule

4

It’s all in the words. So says The Story Of Ridicule, the fairly dry, 50-minute Making Of on this 10th anniversary release of Patrice Leconte’s barbed black comedy. Everyone here lavishes praise on Remi Waterhouse’s “extraordinarily polished” script, Leconte even claiming that his job was merely to match its quick, keen quality. You can hear why, too. Ridicule thrives on slippery language, delivered precisely. Set in the court of Louis XVI in the 18th century, it’s a tale of dirty water and dirtier wit. A provincial baron (Charles Berling) is pressing the case for a marsh-drainage scheme to Louis, but will his tributary be diverted by courtly ambition and subterfuge? Personal compromise and cut-and-parry verbiage are the main thrusts in this costumier, which dates from a time when bodice-busters pressed their case with guts (see Elizabeth, too). You’ll wince at every low blow, but that’s its seduction. Ridicule is nothing to be scared of...

 

Film Details

  • 15
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: January 29th 2007

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