Ridicule is a 1996 French period drama film directed by Patrice Leconte and starring Charles Berling, Jean Rochefort, Fanny Ardant and Judith Godrèche. Set in the 18th century at the decadent court of Versailles, where social status can rise and fall based on one's ability to mete out witty insults and avoid ridicule oneself, the film's plot examines the social injustices of late 18th-century France, in showing the corruption and callousness of the aristocrats.
In 1783, the Chevalier de Milletail visits the elderly Monsieur de Blayac, who is confined to his chair. He taunts him about his past prowess in wit and reminds him of how he humiliated him, naming him "Marquis de Clatterbang" when he fell over while dancing. He then urinates on the helpless old man.
|genre||drama historical social|
|keywords||abbé de l\'épée after show antipode break bumble cheat confine cry dinner party diving suit dombes drink engagement contract engineer english humour force french revolution gather hear horrify how to kill king louis xvi louis xvi make up meet old man poor man sign language teach the king voltaire|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film|
|producer||Frédéric Brillion Gilles Legrand Philippe Carcassonne Ranvijay Patwardhan|