Augustine (2013)

Augustine

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After suffering an inexplicable seizure which leaves her paralyzed on her right side,19-year-old illiterate kitchen maid Augustine (27 year-old singer-turned-actress Soko in a break out performance), is shipped off to Paris' all female psychiatric hospital Pitié-Salpêtriere which specializes in detecting the then-fashionable ailment of 'hysteria'. Augustine captures the attention of Dr. Charcot (Vincent Lindon, Mademoiselle Chambon, Welcome) after a seizure which appears to give her intense … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Faith & Spirituality, Art House & International, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Alice Winocour
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 17, 2013
Box Office: $0.1M
Runtime:
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Cast


as Professor Charcot

as Augustine

as Constance Charcot

as Bourneville

as Rosalie

as Head Nurse

as Head Nurse

as Pierre
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Critic Reviews for Augustine

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (22)

By the film's end, it's clear what Augustine is running from, but it's hard to grasp where she was in the first place.

Full Review… | July 11, 2013
Detroit News
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That the film raises interesting questions might be good enough, except that, while the movie goes about denying us information we want, it gives us details we don't need. "Augustine" churns slowly and doesn't make for compelling viewing.

Full Review… | July 5, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
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French physician Jean-Martin Charcot hypnotized, photographed and exhibited a hysteric, as does French director Alice Winocour for a clinical love story and empowerment tale.

Full Review… | June 27, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Ultimately, while this character-based drama proves consistently engrossing, it leaves various pertinent and fascinating issues frustratingly unexplored.

Full Review… | June 21, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
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The psychosexual drama plays out beneath the surface -- the movie is so understated it sometimes feels inert.

Full Review… | June 21, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Fiercely yet faithfully imagined by... Alice Winocur, [the film] is not exclusively a mystery. It's also part love story, part horror story, as well as a parable of gender, power and the enduring enigma that is the mind-body connection.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Augustine

This almost-good drama is a missed opportunity, considering the intriguing premise and the talent of the actors involved. What could have been a fascinating exploration of a psychological illness gives place to too much clichéd doctor-patient sexual tension.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalhães

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The movie starts with Augustine(Soko), a maid, feeling unwell while preparing to serve that night's dishes. Still, the show must go on, which turns out to be a mistake when she has a seizure on the dining room floor between courses. The following day when one of her eyes is still closed shut, her cousin brings her to a nearby hospital. Instead of a quick examination and treatment, Augustine is disappointed to hear that she will be admitted, and soon informed that she will also be expected to work. And as far as praying goes, she is told not to appeal to the usual person, but to somebody more local in the person of Dr. Charcot(Vincent Lindon) who finally takes notice of her when she has another seizure.

"Augustine" starts well enough with its copious period detail, some implied like the level of ignorance, such as Augustine not knowing what menstruation is. Mostly the target is the patriarchy of the period, especially with women under the watchful gaze of the men.(And we all know the corset was the work of the devil, right?) As fascinating as this is and even with the great Vincent Lindon on the job, the movie never really catches fire until the climax when in quick succession and with the aid of a few well-timed furtive glances, the apple cart is not only upturned but pretty much also tossed down a flight of stairs before being hit by an oncoming vehicle.

Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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