The Mad Women's Ball (Le bal des folles)
The Mad Women's Ball (Le bal des folles) (2021)

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
DVD Release Date: September 17, 2021
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Its themes are occasionally undercut by its storytelling, but outstanding performances give The Mad Women's Ball a poignant, disturbing power.

tt stern-enzi
WXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH)

Not everyone will be excited to read the subtitles, but I am digging this.

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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News

The direction and period details are first-rate and there are two very fine performances at its center.

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Orla Smith
Seventh Row

The Mad Women's Ball is a shallow look at 'female hysteria'.

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Robert Levin
Newsday

Does not necessarily offer anything illuminating in the way it presents the patriarchal system. But it does force a confrontation with it, and never takes the easy way out.

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Katie Rife
AV Club

It might not be the most nuanced portrayal of this particular chapter in history. But it is passionate, fathers and doctors be damned.

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Caitlin Kennedy
But Why Tho? A Geek Community

The film only just begins to skim over the surface of its core issues and offers up abuse as punctuation to the meandering plot. ... a great actor's piece that is a tad hollow at the center.

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Thelma Adams
AARP Movies for Grownups

For lovers of historical fiction, this is a thinking-woman's drama -- and bodes well for Laurent's next directing project.

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Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
AWFJ Women on Film

With Laurent in the director's chair, Eugénie's story is brought to life with profound resonance and emotional intelligence that speaks not just of the lived experiences of women at the time the film is set, but today.

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George Fenwick
Stuff.co.nz

The story is told with a feminist punch, and Laurent's own performance is a masterwork.

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