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Augustine -- When beautiful kitchen maid Augustine (French recording artist Soko) suffers an inexplicable, violent seizure, she is sent to a psychiatric hospital specializing in the treatment of feminine "hysteria" and presided over by Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot.
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.
Augustine -- When beautiful kitchen maid Augustine (French recording artist Soko) suffers an inexplicable, violent seizure, she is sent to a psychiatric hospital specializing in the treatment of feminine "hysteria" and presided over by Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot.


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7 November 2012 (France) See more »
From subject of study to object of desire.
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
Rémy Ourdan ... Rémi
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 
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
Amèlie 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
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
Justine Quesnoit .... post-production coordinator
Audrey Samson .... digital lab operator
Music Department
Steve Parr .... music mixer
Other crew
Marie Barré .... location scout
Antoine Lepetit .... production staff
Chloé Rudolf .... script supervisor
Benjamin Vasseur .... location scout
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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The role of Charcot was originally designed for Benoît Poelvoorde.See more »


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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
"Eloquently atmospheric, distinctly cinematographic...", 25 November 2013
Author: Sindre Kaspersen from Norway

French screenwriter and director Alice Winocour's feature film debut which she wrote, is inspired by medical records regarding a French 19th century neurologist, who bestowed the eponym for Tourette Syndrome on behalf of his student named Georges Gilles de la Tourette, and his relationship with a patient. It premiered in the International Critics' Week Special Screenings section at the 65th Cannes International Film Festival in 2012, was screened in the Discovery section at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival in 2012, was shot on location in France and is a French production which was produced by producers Emilie Tisne and Isabelle Madeleine. It tells the story about a woman named Augustine whom after having a severe seizure in the house where she and her cousin named Rosalie is working, is sent to the Hospital De La Salpêtrière in Paris, France and told that she will have to stay there. At the same time, a professor at the hospital is studying a disease called hysteria.

Distinctly and subtly directed by French filmmaker Alice Winocour, this finely paced and somewhat fictional tale which is narrated mostly from the two main characters' viewpoints, draws a refined and increasingly intriguing portrayal of a young woman whom after experiencing another one of her strange seizures at a modernized psychiatric hospital catches the attention of a prominent French neuroscientist who lives with his wife named Constance and their pet named Zibidie and who immediately begins examining her. While notable for its distinct and atmospheric milieu depictions, sterling cinematography by cinematographer Georges Lechaptois, production design by production designer Arnaud De Moleron, costume design by costume designer Pascaline Chavanne and use of colors and light, this narrative-driven story about coming-of-age, how hysteria was perceived in France at that time and particularly how this affected women who were those most likely to be suspected of having and being diagnosed with this mental illness, depicts two dense studies of character and contains a great and timely score by English composer Jocelyn Pook.

This historic, austere, modestly erotic and consistently involving period drama and chamber piece which is set during a winter at an institution for women with variegated mental conditions in the capital city of France in the late 19th century and where a nineteen-year-old French kitchen maid whom is praying to be cured becomes infatuated with the person she believes can cure her and a middle-aged man named Jean- Martin Charcot whom is looking for funding from an academy finds a rare patient who might convince them to support him with his studies, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, subtle character development and continuity, poignant instrumental tones, scenes between Jean-Martin and Augustine and the reverent acting performances by French actor Vincent Lindon and French actress and musician Soko. An eloquently atmospheric, distinctly cinematographic and brilliantly romantic mystery and a whole-heartedly executed directorial debut.

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