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Augustine (2013)

Augustine (2013)

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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 physical pleasure. Intrigued, he begins using her as his principal subject hypnotizing her in front of fellow doctors - as she displays her spectacular fits in lecture halls - and eventually blurring the lines between doctor and patient. (c) Music Box Films

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Cast

Vincent Lindon
as Professor Charcot
Soko
as Augustine
Chiara Mastroianni
as Constance Charcot
Olivier Rabourdin
as Bourneville
Roxane Duran
as Rosalie
Lisa Lamétrie
as Head Nurse
Lise Lamétrie
as Head Nurse
Ange Ruzé
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.

July 11, 2013 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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…

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

June 21, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The psychosexual drama plays out beneath the surface -- the movie is so understated it sometimes feels inert.

June 21, 2013 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Augustine

This almost-good drama is a missed opportunity, considering its 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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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