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Augustine (2013)



Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 5

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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

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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.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: 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.

July 5, 2013 Full Review Source: 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.

June 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Ultimately, while this character-based drama proves consistently engrossing, it leaves various pertinent and fascinating issues frustratingly unexplored.

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

June 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Trading historical detail for atmospheric sensuality doesn't do this story justice.

November 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
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Deconstructs late 19th century forms of torture, sexual exploitation and degradation, the female body as theater, closet peep shows, and the medical practitioner fantasy of 'a slave looking for a master' that all defined psychiatry back then.

October 6, 2013 Full Review Source: WBAI Radio
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Augustine's best when it focuses on the push-pull relationship of doctor and patient. SoKo is excellent as the troubled girl, inspiring both compassion and frustration.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Worthwhile but fairly routine "19th-century science" drama.

July 5, 2013 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Unlike some movies that impose feminist views on 200-year-old stories, "Augustine" finds feminist sentiments within the story rather than imposing them from without.

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The stand out is French Pop star Soko as the title character, who gives an outstanding Oscar worthy performance!

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Geek Central
Film Geek Central

Emotionally believable performances by Vincent Lindon and Soko can't save Augustine from meandering and being tediously stuck in its 1st act.

May 19, 2013 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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Hand-held camera gives contemporary realism amidst the historically correct costumes and surroundings. . .[but] feminist iconography . . .makes the phenomenon seem a charade.

May 19, 2013 Full Review Source:

[VIDEO ESSAY] Newcomer director Alice Winocour drafts an erotically charged and socially complex telling of a controversial 19th century neurologist and the nubile patient he treats.

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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.
November 22, 2012

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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.
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