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To get royal backing on a needed drainage project, a poor French lord must learn to play the delicate games of wit at court at Versailles.
1997 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film
1996 | 2 wins including: Best Foreign Language Film
1997 | Winner: Best Film not in the English Language
Une excellente peinture d'époque qui harponne efficacement l'hypocrisie et la déchéance d'une caste d'insupportables et vaniteux privilégiés... www.cinefiches.com
These "delicate games of wit" are simply too pedestrian and coarse for the Ancien Régime. Which leaves the film entirely unconvincing.
Excellent. Really good performances, great screenplay, and fantastic cinematography, costumes etc.