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Augustine -- A look at the relationship between pioneering 19th century French neurologist Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot and his star teenage patient, kitchen maid who is left partially paralyzed after a seizure.


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A look at the relationship between pioneering 19th century French neurologist Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot and his star teenage patient, a kitchen maid who is left partially paralyzed after a seizure. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Vincent Lindon ... Le professeur Jean-Martin Charcot

Soko ... Augustine

Chiara Mastroianni ... Constance Charcot

Olivier Rabourdin ... Bourneville

Roxane Duran ... Rosalie
Lise Lamétrie ... L'infirmière principale de la Salpêtrière
Ange Ruzé ... Pierre
Stéphan Wojtowicz ... Conti

Grégory Gadebois ... Un invité au dîner des Charcot
Valentine Herrenschmidt ... L'infirmière Marguerite
Aliénor de Mézamat ... L'infirmière Louise
Audrey Bonnet ... Aimée
Jeanne Cohendy ... La domestique Mélanie
Jean-Claude Baudracco ... Le cuisinier de la Salpêtrière
Julie Ravix ... Madame Dumonteux
Victoire Gonin-Labat ... Une infirmière
Jacob Vouters ... Le premier fils Dumonteux

Damien Bonnard ... Le second fils Dumonteux
Michel Peteau ... Un invité des Dumonteux
Cécile Morel ... Une nvitée des Dumonteux
Jean-Pierre Amiel ... Dumonteux père
Laure-Lucille Simon ... Fiancée fils Dumonteux 2 (as Laure-Lucile Simon)
Grégoire Monsaingeon ... Pierrot
Remy Ourdan ... Rémi (as Rémy Ourdan)
Serge Michel ... Serge
Patrick Palsky ... Le marchand d'art
Deniz Gamze Ergüven ... Denise
Isabelle Oed ... L'invitée allemande
Maroussia Henriet ... L'invitée russe
Océane Chaminade ... La première malade interviewée
Fabienne Simon ... La deuxième malade interviewée
Marie Garcia ... La troisième malade interviewée
Mélodie Chabert ... La quatrième malade interviewée
Laure Josnin ... La cinquième malade interviewée
Déborah Révy ... La sixième malade interviewée
Aurore Broutin ... La malade illuminée
Hélène Courvoisier ... Une malade
Mélanie Gérard ... Une malade
Clarisse Dumortier ... Une malade
Blandine Laignel ... Une malade
Anne-Marie Thibierge ... Une malade
Tatiana Mercier ... Une malade
Marie Moineville ... Une malade
Estera Wojtasiak ... Une malade
Michelle Tochet ... Une malade

Ely Prudence Kinczyski ... Une malade (as Muriel Boczmak)
Mari-Mai Corbel ... Une malade
Nathalie Grignard ... Une malade
Juliette Togashi ... Une malade
Néna ... Une malade
Laetitia Malecki ... Une malade
Anna Agostini ... Une malade
Hélène Lebarbier ... Une malade
Patricia Conte ... Une malade
Valentine Fago ... Une malade
Elodie Derlyn ... Une malade
Garance Brin ... Une malade
Karen Mahé ... Une malade
Marie Fabre ... Une malade
Camille Picot ... Une malade
Amélie Sauvage ... Une malade
Eva Doucet ... Une malade
Lucette Rep ... Une malade

Jean-Stéphane Bron

Grégoire Colin ... Verdan - le photographe
Sophie Cattani ... Blanche - une patiente
Patrick Wincour
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frans Boyer ... Le secrétaire de Conti
Jérémie Carboni ... Un médecin
Willy Gauzin ... Jeune interne en médecine

Directed by
Alice Winocour 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alice Winocour 

Produced by
Isabelle Madelaine .... producer
Laurent Pétin .... co-producer
Michèle Pétin .... co-producer
Emilie Tisné .... producer
Original Music by
Jocelyn Pook 
Cinematography by
Georges Lechaptois 
Film Editing by
Julien Lacheray 
Casting by
Karen Hottois 
Nicolas Ronchi 
Production Design by
Arnaud de Moleron 
Art Direction by
Arnaud de Moleron 
Cédric Henry 
Costume Design by
Pascaline Chavanne 
Makeup Department
Olivier Afonso .... special makeup effects artist
Amélie Bouilly .... makeup artist
Michèle Constantinides .... key makeup artist (key makeup artist)
Elisa Costa .... makeup artist
Amelie Grossier .... special makeup effects artist
Nicolas Herlin .... special makeup effects artist
Laetitia Hillion .... special makeup effects artist
Frédéric Lainé .... special makeup effects artist
Milou Sanner .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Vincent Casiro .... assistant unit manager
Julien Chaon .... assistant production manager
Matthieu Dessagne .... extra assistant unit manager
David Edouard .... assistant unit manager
Nicolas Picard .... production manager
Sylvine Salvagniac .... assistant unit manager
Amandine Vallee .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Virginie Audouard .... second assistant director
Léonard Vindry .... first assistant director
Art Department
Vincent Amiel .... construction coordinator
Sophie Bégon .... draper (as Sophie Begon)
Noémie Juillet .... buyer
Nathalie Longval .... key painter
Galien Malferiol .... carpenter
Névil .... storyboard artist
Christophe Offret .... property master
Claire Sophie Plaksine .... tapestry
Aymeric Vanelle .... carpenter
Sound Department
Jean-Luc Audy .... sound
Niels Barletta .... sound mastering engineer
Thomas Berliner .... boom operator
Marc Doisne .... adr engineer
Marc Doisne .... foley engineer
Marc Doisne .... sound re-recording mixer
Séverin Favriau .... supervising sound editor
Steve Parr .... score mixer
Raphael Sohier .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Jean Louis Dousson .... visual effects artist
Jean Louis Dousson .... visual effects supervisor
Sybille Blouin .... stunt performer
Rémi Canaple .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
François Auclair .... electrician
Erwan Becquelin .... key grip
Sarah Boutin .... assistant camera
Julien Brumauld .... gaffer: part one
Julien Bureau .... first assistant camera
Christophe Chauvin .... video assistant
Joël Germaneau .... generator operator
Blaise Harrison .... director of photography: second unit
Gil Lesage .... still photographer
Olivier Regent .... gaffer: part two
Pietro Rosso .... best boy electric: part two
Romain Ruiz .... electrician
Johan Suisse .... best boy electric: part one
Gaëlle Tanguy .... additional second assistant camera: Substitute
Antoine Valentin .... electrician
Casting Department
Aurore Broutin .... casting: small bits
Marie Pierre Delabrière .... casting (as Marie-Pierre Vau)
Stéphanie Doncker .... casting assistant
Isabelle Kramrick .... extras casting assistant
Yann Le Boucher .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Camille Champenois .... wardrobe
Fanny Rappange .... costumer
Editorial Department
Serge Anthony .... colorist
Emma Augier .... assistant editor
Natalène Darfeuille .... post-production coordinator: Digimage
Géraldine Gues .... dailies coordinator
Mathieu Liron .... digital lab operator
Justine Quesnoit .... post-production coordinator
Audrey Samson .... digital lab operator
Location Management
Marie Barré .... location scout
Benjamin Vasseur .... location scout
Music Department
Steve Parr .... music mixer
Soko .... composer: title music
Soko .... singer: title music (uncredited)
Other crew
Antoine Lepetit .... production staff
Chloé Rudolf .... script supervisor
Jean-Pierre Vincent .... press attache
Anaël Allaire .... thanks
Grégoire Colin .... thanks
Stanislas Reydellet .... thanks
Michael Tordjman .... special thanks

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102 min | France:101 min
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating topic yet not so fascinating film, 15 April 2014
Author: twilliams76 from Kansas City, MO, USA

This slow and subtitled French film that is 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, an illiterate young French housemaid (played by French singer/actress Soko), who suffers a debilitating seizure one evening while serving dinner that leaves her partially paralyzed. She is thus admitted to the Parisian psychiatric hospital, Pitié-Salpêtriere, where she is diagnosed as a hysteric (!) and treated by renown physician Jean-Martin Charcot (Vincent Lindon - Mademoiselle Chambon).

The medical world of the 19th century was dominated by uber-intelligent men (that "intelligent" part could be debated) and it was common for a woman who experienced something that a man couldn't easily explain and/or understand to be diagnosed with "hysteria" (a "nice way" of saying a female sexual perversion). If a woman acted in any manner society found confusing or even slightly objectionable, she was a "hysteric" who could find herself institutionalized and subjected to some horrifyingly abhorrent and offensive "treatment(s)" 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 genuinely fascinating and if this topic sounds even remotely intriguing, I implore people to seek out the topic and read up on it as Augustine is merely about A case -- AN instance -- in this outrageously baffling era of medical (mal)practice when many male doctors found it to be en vogue and "fashionable" to make these diagnoses! The level of quasi-ignorance shared by these male "geniuses" in the medical field who simply did not understand women is mind-blowing.

I think a better film would have focused more on the doctor and his evolving understanding of hysteria over the years that followed this brief amount of time spent with this one patient, Augustine. There is a reason the film was not entitled Charcot. Instead, the direction of Alice Winocour (a WOMAN!!!?!) has used a specific example to reveal a sad universal truth of the time and expose just how farcical this "ailment" was while subtly implying perversions may have lain elsewhere. As Winocour's first full-length feature film that is clichéd a time or two, she shows much promise. Diagnose that, Charcot!

Again, the movie is hard to simply "enjoy" but it is one that could hopefully shed some more light on this bizarre chapter of modern medicine.

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