2020s

Know the Cast: ‘The Mad Women’s Ball’

The Mad Women's Ball Cast on Amazon Prime

The Mad Women’s Ball cast features Lou de Laâge, Mélanie Laurent and Lomane de Dietrich. This info article contains minor spoilers for the 2021 Amazon Prime movie. Check out Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section for more streaming guides.

Directed by Mélanie Laurent, The Mad Women’s Ball primarily takes place in 1885 France. When 26-year-old Eugénie Cléry claims that she can speak with the dead, she’s admitted to Salpêtrière Hospital by her family members. There, the female protagonist receives hydrotherapy while anticipating a high society event in which guests dance with costumed residents of the facility. Here’s every main performer and character in Mélanie Laurent’s film, an adaptation of Victoria Mas’ novel Le bal des folles.

The Mad Women’s Ball Cast: Lou de Laâge as Eugénie Cléry

The Mad Women's Ball Cast - Lou de Laâge as Eugénie Cléry

Character Profile: A privileged young woman from Paris who communicates with the dead. At Salpêtrière Hospital, she befriends the head nurse but receives poor treatment from the head doctor’s wife. Eugénie plans to escape during the movie’s titular event.

De Laâge’s Resume: Raphaëlle Dalio in Jappeloup (2013), Kitty Scerbatskaya in Anna Karenina (2013), Sarah in Breathe (2014), Mathilde Beaulieu in The Innocents (2016), Noémie Vasseur in Black Box (2021)

The Mad Women’s Ball Cast: Mélanie Laurent as Geneviève Gleizes

The Mad Women's Ball Cast - Mélanie Laurent as Geneviève Gleizes

Character Profile: The head nurse at Salpêtrière Hospital. She writes letters to her deceased sister, Blandine. Geneviève agrees to help Eugénie, but only if she can help her communicate with her sibling’s spirit.

Laurent’s Resume: Director of Diving (2017) and Galveston (2018) — Also, Shosanna in Inglourious Basterds (2009), Anna in Beginners (2010), Elizabeth Hansen in Oxygen (2021)

The Mad Women’s Ball Cast: Emmanuelle Bercot as Jeanne

The Mad Women's Ball Cast - Emmanuelle Bercot as Jeanne

Character Profile: The master’s wife who keeps Eugénie in an old Salpêtrière cell. She gets violent when de Laâge’s character senses that something awful happened to her son, François. Jeanne is positioned as the actual “mad woman” of the film.

Bercot’s Resume: Director of Backstage (2005) and Peaceful (2021) — Also, Marion in Clement (2001), Sue Ellen in Polisse (2011), Marie-Antoinette Jézéquel in My King (2015)

The Mad Women’s Ball Cast: Benjamin Voisin as Théophile Cléry

The Mad Women's Ball Cast - Benjamin Voisin as Théophile Cléry

Character Profile: Eugéne’s brother who asks Geneviève to give his sister The Book of Spirits. Théophile feels guilty for betraying Eugénie. He dances with his sibling at the titular event.

Voisin’s Resume: Mathieu Fournier in Emma (2016), Simon in Simon’s Got a Gift (2019), Leo in Man Up! (2019), David in Summer of 85 (2020), Lucien in Lost Illusions (2021)

The Mad Women’s Ball Cast: Cédric Khan as François Cléry

The Mad Women's Ball Cast - Cédric Khan as François Cléry

Character Profile: Eugénie’s father. He’s a strict man who wants to please his high society friends. François admits his daughter to Salpêtrière Hospital.

Khan’s Resume: Director of Too Much Happiness (1994), L’ennui (1998) and The Prayer (2018) — Also, Michel in Cold War (2018) and François in Head Above Water (2018)

The Mad Women’s Ball Cast: Lomane de Dietrich as Louise

The Mad Women's Ball Cast - Lomane de Dietrich as Louise

Character Profile: A woman who educates Eugénie about the residents of Salpêtrière Hospital. She was admitted and diagnosed with acute sympomatic hysteria after refusing sexual advances from her uncle. Louis experiences lateral hemiphlegia while under hypnosis.

De Dietrich’s Resume: Three Short Films — RemI (2016), L’heure bleue (2019) and Simone Is Gone (2021)

The Mad Women’s Ball Cast: Christophe Montenez as Jules

The Mad Women's Ball Cast - Christophe Montenez as Jules

Character Profile: A doctor who makes romantic promises to Louise during the first act. He introduces the head doctor during the focal ball. Jules sexually assaults Louise.

Montenez’s Resume: Acaste in Le misanthrope (2017), Nicolas in Return of the Hero (2018), Pierre-Henri in Lovers (2020), Gabriel Sabran in Paris Police 1900 (2021), Raoul in Anaïs in Love (2021)

The Mad Women’s Ball Cast: Coralie Russier as Henriette

The Mad Women's Ball Cast - Coralie Russier as Henriette

Character Profile: A resident at Salpêtrière Hospital. She receives hydrotherapy alongside Eugénie. Henriette sings during a mid-movie sequence.

Russier’s Resume: Muriel in BPM (Beats Per Minute) (2017), Nicole in An Impossible Love (2018), Mélanie in Spiral (2019), Sandrine in Mandibles (2020), Léa Saskevitch in César Wagner (2020)

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The Mad Women’s Ball cast also includes Alice Barnole (House of Tolerance, Saint Laurent), Lauréna Thellier (Black Tide, Mental), Martine Schambacher (Regular Lovers, Apparances), Martine Chevallier (Tell No One, Two of Us), Valérie Stroh (Baptême, A Man and Two Women) and André Marcon (Marguerite, An Officer and a Spy).

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.

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