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The Mad Women's Ball

    All titles (2)
    Feature Film | 2020-2021 | Prime Video (Amazon) | Drama, Film based on literary source, Period | France

    Main data

    Shooting data

    Start of shooting16/11/2020
    End of shooting22/01/2021
    LocationsRochefort et environs & région parisienne
    Filming regionsFrance - New Aquitaine, France - Paris Île-de-France

    Project data

    Length of movie121 min

    Brief synopsis

    Eugénie Cléry (Lou de Laâge) is a young woman with a free spirit, an independent mind, and a quick tongue — qualities her father will not tolerate. Eugénie also has spectral encounters that leave her staring into space and gasping for breath. She is visited by the spirits of the dead.

    Alarmed by her visions, Eugénie’s family admits her to a neurological clinic in Paris’s Pitié-Salpêtrière overseen by Professor Jean-Martin Charcot (Grégoire Bonnet). The clinic is populated by women of all ages. Some are fleeing violence. Some, like Eugénie, are there by force. Most are given the dubious diagnosis of hysteria. Eugénie has been cloistered in a place where gaslighting, condescension, and abuse are the modus operandi. Charcot is more showman than scientist, hypnotizing patients for the delight of his colleagues, deploying heinous bogus therapies, and orchestrating a grand ball that preys upon his patients’ fantasies.



    ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
    Lou de LaâgeEugénie Cléry [L]
    Mélanie LaurentGeneviève [L]
    Emmanuelle BercotJeanne [SR]
    Grégoire BonnetJean-Martin Charcot [SR]
    Cédric KahnFrançois Cléry [SR]
    Valérie StrohMrs. Cléry [SR]
    Benjamin VoisinThéophile [SR]


    Director of photographyNicolas Karakatsanis
    DirectorMélanie Laurent
    EditorAnny Danché
    ComposerAsaf Avidan
    ProducerAlain Goldman
    Co-producerAxelle Boucaï
    Production designerStanislas Reydellet
    Location scoutMaria Moutot
    ScreenwriterChristophe Deslandes
    ScreenwriterMélanie Laurent
    Literary sourceVictoria Mas
    Production sound mixerCyril Moisson
    Sound re-recording mixerCyril Holtz
    Sound editorAlexis Place

    Production companies

    Légende Films [fr]


    CostumesPATIN-A SHOP GmbH
    Costume supplies
    Costume supplies


    Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
    Lou de Laâge2022Int. Emmy Awards [us]
    Best Performance by an Actress
    Best Performance by an ActressWinner


    2021CanadaTIFF - Toronto International Film Festival
    Official Selection
    Official Selection


    TypeCountryStationDate / TimeComment
    RepeatFranceTMC [fr]Wednesday, 08/03/2023, 9.25 PM
    First showingFrancePrime Video (Amazon)Friday, 17/09/2021Worldwide

    Cinema releases and premieres

    PremiereMonday, 13/09/2021TIFF - Toronto International Film Festival [ca]