Well, it is.
'Ridicule' is one of those lovely films to be enjoyed again and again. It's amusing, clever, and the period look is ravishing.
The performances are of the highest calibre, the screenplay is one of those rare pieces of screenwriting that doesn't take the audience for idiots, and even the subtitles manage to raise a laugh and to convey the subtleties of what's on offer.
There's a good story, centring on the battle for survival in the rapier-and-dagger exchanges at the French Court of the late 18th century. Lethal wit is a prized attribute, and any form of social conscience is simply too dull to be worth considering.
In the endless rounds of card games, the winners do indeed take all, and the losers ? Well, one ends up dangling from a tree, such is the humiliation at not being able to keep up with the times - or the banter. The ultimate losers, of course, were a large percentage of the aristocracy, who lost more than their reputations a very few years later.
'Ridicule' won't change the world in the way that the French Revolution did, but it's none the less a delightful way to spend just over 90 minutes.
I'd say it's unmissable. So don't miss it.