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2.7
95 Ratings

Augustine

Directed by Alice Winocour
France, 2012
Drama, History

Synopsis

Paris, winter 1885. At the Pitié -Salpêtriere Hospital, Professor Charcot is studying a mysterious illness: hysteria. Augustine, 19, becomes his favorite guinea pig, the star of his demonstrations of hypnosis. The object of his studies will soon become the object of his desire…

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Augustine Directed by Alice Winocour
Scientific examination takes on a strange, sensual quality in Augustine, a daring French drama about the rocky clinical relationship between 19th-century neurologist Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot (Vincent Lindon) and his star teenage patient. Director Alice Winocour’s intense focus on the human body allows this tone to flourish, whether it’s the way legs contort during a seizure or how the back stiffens when stricken with paralysis.
June 26, 2013
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Like other French movies of late, Alice Winocour’s “Augustine” has a lot of surface appeal, especially in its terrific lead performances and handsome visual manner, but little depth or originality in its approach to an intriguing subject: the medical uses made of a female “hysteric” in late 19th-century Paris. Ultimately, while this character-based drama proves consistently engrossing, it leaves various pertinent and fascinating issues frustratingly unexplored.
June 21, 2013
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Set in the late 19th century, this debut feature by Alice Winocour recalls the historical dramas of Benoit Jacquot (Sade; Farewell, My Queen) in the way it inverts the genre dynamic, emphasizing psychology over period ambience… For the most part, though, the psychosexual drama plays out beneath the surface—the movie is so understated it sometimes feels inert.
June 20, 2013
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