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

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

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

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Critic Reviews for The Mad Women's Ball (Le bal des folles)

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

October 6, 2021 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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.

October 3, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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For lovers of historical fiction, this is a thinking-woman's drama -- and bodes well for Laurent's next directing project.

September 24, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

September 23, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

September 18, 2021 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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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.

September 17, 2021 | Full Review…

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