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The market for costume pictures is pretty weak these days—which may explain why The Scandal Exposed didn’t get picked up for American distribution. But Benoît Jacquot’s 1999 film isn’t just a costume picture—it’s a cross-costume picture, with Sandrine Kiberlain playing a young heiress who dresses as a man so she can get to know her future husband, only to have him ask her (who he thinks is a he) to seduce his mistress (Isabelle Huppert). The heiress ends up with both male and female lovers—a rather contemporary payoff for a film based on a comedy by an 18th-century writer. Playwright Pierre Marivaux specialized in the intrigues of courtship, a subject that also interests Jacquot, whose only U.S. commercial release is 1996’s A Single Girl. The film screens at 7 p.m. at the Embassy of France’s La Maison Française, 4104 Reservoir Road NW. $5. (202) 944-6091. (Mark Jenkins)