Mesmer (1994)

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This film tells the story of Mesmer, the 18th-century radical physician who used hypnosis and harmonics to heal his patients in a time when blood-letting was considered the only acceptable cure-all. Mesmer was essentially a good man, but he was not perfect as evidenced by his affair with a patient.

Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Dennis Potter
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 23, 2000
Runtime:
First Look Pictures

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as Maria Theresa Paradi...

as Frau Mesmer

as Dr. Deslon

as Prof. Stoerk

as Franz Anton Mesmer

as Francisca

as Herr Paradies

as Duchess DuBarry
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Critic Reviews for Mesmer

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

September 26, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

Full Review… | May 3, 2001
Filmcritic.com

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Apollo Guide

January 1, 2000
Jam! Movies

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for Mesmer

The only reason to watch this is to listen to the sound of Rickman's voice, and watch him be sensual. The rest of it is boring and stupid. Also if you're going to watch it, turn the volume up a lot, because otherwise you wont hear a thing. Everyone is so annoying in this movie you just want to get a time machine and smack whoever was a real person. (Not sure if these were all real people in Mesmer's life or if they were created for the film.) Overall, this isn't a good movie although it is made well and based on a true story.

ajv2688
Aj V

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This movie's true strength may lie in the abilities of the actors to play their parts with feeling and skill, but the story line is also quite interesting if a bit strange.

It has it's slow parts [and the "group therapy" sessions may bring about a laugh or two whether it's intentional or not], but it also has good emotional depth, is aesthetically pleasing, and, as formerly stated, the acting is great; it is definitely a movie worth watching.

It has some slow spots and unless you are familiar with the time period and the historical bit of it then you would understand it better. I enjoyed Mr. Rickman's performance just the same and he commands the screen yet again with grace and brilliance!

calivettech
Daphne Poerio

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