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      Released May 17, 2013 1h 42m Drama List
      76% Tomatometer 37 Reviews 52% Audience Score 500+ Ratings In 1885, Professor Charcot studies an illness that causes hysteria. He meets Augustine -- barely out of childhood -- and as he becomes obsessed with her, she tries harder and harder to seduce him. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      David Zuckerman Film Comment Magazine Trading historical detail for atmospheric sensuality doesn't do this story justice. Nov 5, 2013 Full Review Tom Long Detroit News 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. Rated: C Jul 11, 2013 Full Review Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle 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. Rated: 2/4 Jul 5, 2013 Full Review Annlee Ellingson CineWomen In a film throbbing with candlelit mood and innuendo, Augustine wrests that which we want for our heroines: control over her own fate and vengeance on those who would keep it from her. Aug 17, 2022 Full Review Sarah Brinks Battleship Pretension Augustine is a slow but never boring film that examines a real life doctor and his quest to improve neurology and a patient who challenges him personally and professionally. Feb 24, 2021 Full Review Nicholas Bell An entrancing, impressionistic portrayal of historical sexism and exploitation. Aug 12, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Serge L Story based on a real person, so big plus. Hysteria is a strange and intriguing state. We want to know more. The film captures the intrigue, which ultimately turns unexpectedly. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 05/27/21 Full Review s r I saw this because a prominent neurologist recommended it. Sadly I saw it years after his recommendation and without anyone to provide insight to the disease etc. regardless, it was still enjoyable, but confusing. Amazon Prime was the medium. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member This slow and subtitled French film based on actual events won't be one many are going to out-right enjoy although I found it to be rather interesting as I find its subject matter -- 19th century female hysteria -- to be most fascinating. The film is about Augustine, a young French housemaid (French singer/actress Soko), who suffers a debilitating seizure and is thus admitted to a Parisian psychiatric hospital and treated by renown physician Jean-Martin Charcot (Vincent Lindon - Bastards). In a medical field that was dominated by men, it was (frighteningly) common for any woman who experienced something that a man couldn't easily explain/understand to be diagnosed with "hysteria". If a woman acted in any manner that society found confusing or objectionable, she was a "hysteric" who could find herself subjected to some horrifyingly abhorrent and offensive "treatment" at the hands of men who claimed a medical interest in her well-being. The time period and understanding of this predominately female ailment IS fascinating; but I think a better film would have focused more on the doctor and his evolving understanding of hysteria over the years following his time with this one patient; but that is not what we are given with Augustine. Again, this is hard to "enjoy" but it is one that could hopefully shed some more light on this bizarre chapter of modern medicine. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member I'm a sucker for period movies and if its french even better... Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member It's a bit slow, but I did like Winocours approach to "Augustine", as we explore the girls quizzical illness from her own misinformed perspective. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member not as interesting as i thought it would be Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis In 1885, Professor Charcot studies an illness that causes hysteria. He meets Augustine -- barely out of childhood -- and as he becomes obsessed with her, she tries harder and harder to seduce him.
      Alice Winocour
      Isabelle Madelaine, Emilie Tisné
      Alice Winocour
      Music Box Films
      Production Co
      Darius Films, Dharamsala, France 3 Cinéma, ARP
      Original Language
      French (France)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 17, 2013, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 17, 2014
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      1h 42m
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.85:1)
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