Excellent and intelligent review of ridicule by dr graham i came across this while trying to find the script for the closing scene, but the analysis was so well-written that i kept reading.
Set in 1783, ridicule takes place in the court of louis xvi where ponceludon de malavoy, a provincial water engineer played by charles berling, has arrived to solicit a royal grant the peasants of his village are perishing from malaria and he needs government funds to drain the local swamp.
“ridicule” is a movie that takes place at the court of louis xvi, circa 1783, but its values would be at home around the algonquin round table, or in modern comedy clubs wit is all sincerity is an embarrassment.
Film review by thomas bourne ridicule in pre-revolutionary france, to laugh at someone who falls over at court is considered the height of gentlemanly conduct and a sure route to the favour of the king. Summary: ridicule is the story of ponceludon de malavoy, a simple country engineer who ventures to versailles to see king louis xvi for a grant to drain a mosquito-infested region of france in the king's court, ponceludon realizes the power of a sharp and biting wit.
Today, ridicule is a relatively harmless censure but not always: versailles, 1783, the reign of louis xvi, six years before the french revolution ridicule was the modus operandi in the court -- the cause of emotional and physical ruin part and parcel of this culture of ridicule was the bite of wit.