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Mesmer (1994)





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The subject of this loose biography will be truly mesmerizing for those interested in hypnosis, harmonics and other arcane sciences. It tells the story of Mesmer, the 18th century radical physician who used hypnosis and harmonics to heal is patients in a time when blood-letting was considered the only acceptable cure-all. That Mesmer's controversial techniques were especially successful on "hopeless" cases was a great thorn in the side of Viennese doctors who equated Mesmer's methods with devil worship. Mesmer was essentially a good and humane man, but he was not perfect as evidenced by his affair with patient Maria Theresa. Maria Theresa was a blind performer with a tendency for seizures. After he helps her at a concert by laying his hands upon her and willing her to come out of a seizure, the two begin an affair. Mesmer is married though, and when liaison is made public he is banished to Paris where he is embraced by the French court.more
Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Dennis Potter
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On DVD: May 23, 2000
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Amanda Ooms
as Maria Theresa Paradi...
Gillian Barge
as Frau Mesmer
Peter Dvorsky
as Dr. Deslon
Jan Rubes
as Prof. Stoerk
Alan Rickman
as Franz Mesmer
Anna Thalbach
as Francisca
Martin Schwab
as Herr Paradies
Shirley Douglas
as Duchess DuBarry
Martin Schwab
as Herr Paradies
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Critic Reviews for Mesmer

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

September 26, 2005

Full Review… | May 3, 2001

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Apollo Guide

January 1, 2000
Jam! Movies

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

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.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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!

Daphne Poerio

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