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Genre Drama
Running Time 102 min
MPAA rating Unrated
Release Date May 17, 2013
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In Belle Epoque Paris, 19-year-old kitchen maid Augustine suffers an inexplicable seizure that leaves her partially paralyzed and is shipped off to an all-female psychiatric hospital specializing in the then-fashionable ailment of 'hysteria'. Augustine captures the attention of renowned neurologist Dr. Charcot after she has another attack that appears to give her intense physical pleasure. Intrigued, he begins using her as his principal subject, hypnotizing her in front of his fellow doctors. As… Show more

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June 21, 2013 - Boston.com - Peter Keough, Globe Correspondent

Freud and Jung might have vied for prominence in David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method,” but Jean-Martin Charcot (Vincent Lindon), who was Freud’s teacher, developed the theory of hysteria that inspired both of them. Alice Winocour’s impressive debut feature, “Augustine,” depicts a Charcot who is showman as much as scientist, whose research and cures, which he insists are intended to free women from the stigma of a misunderstood malady, are also, unintentionally, a means of further subjugating them. Though feminist in her point of view, Winocour does not reduce her characters to caricatures, but depicts them as unwitting actors in the tragedy of a pathological society.

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