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Augustine (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | 7 November 2012 (France)
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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.

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Alice Winocour

Writer:

Alice Winocour
4 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Vincent Lindon ... Le professeur Jean-Martin Charcot
Soko ... Augustine
Chiara Mastroianni ... Constance Charcot
Olivier Rabourdin ... Bourneville
Roxane Duran ... Rosalie
Lise Lamétrie Lise Lamétrie ... L'infirmière principale de la Salpêtrière
Ange Ruzé Ange Ruzé ... Pierre
Stéphan Wojtowicz ... Conti
Grégory Gadebois ... Un invité au dîner des Charcot
Valentine Herrenschmidt Valentine Herrenschmidt ... L'infirmière Marguerite
Aliénor de Mézamat Aliénor de Mézamat ... L'infirmière Louise
Audrey Bonnet ... Aimée
Jeanne Cohendy Jeanne Cohendy ... La domestique Mélanie
Jean-Claude Baudracco Jean-Claude Baudracco ... Le cuisinier de la Salpêtrière
Julie Ravix Julie Ravix ... Madame Dumonteux
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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.

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From subject of study to object of desire.

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Drama | History

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The role of Charcot was originally designed for Benoît Poelvoorde. See more »

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The Ascent
from the film soundtrack "Remnants of Everest The 1996 Tragedy"
Music and Lyrics by Jocelyn Pook
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Look but don't touch
9 December 2019 | by ReadingFilmSee all my reviews

The film obsesses on her body. Of course. She is one of the most riveting screen presences I've ever seen. It watches her suffer and go into seizures, not sadistically, but where everyone applauds it becomes this patriarchal remark. But I see that as a low reading. It's not about illness or feminism, but theater. And within this frame of hypnosis and control--its theater--she has him, she enters his frame before vast audiences. It's a noir battle of oneupmanship, manipulation, seduction, between class barriers. Naturally then it would conclude with controlling from within the frame, is the tight-rope it walks on 'power'. Soko's motivation as performer seems to be as voyeur, to lay bare and offer everything. The film finds the sensual in banality, and the other way. Yet it's how the scientists watch her, treat her, tweak her, experiment, she is their subject same as director's. Her body is used as our subject as a means for understanding their scientific obsession with her, and in both instances ends with some destructive love. It is both frank and delicate, it finds the poetry in both. Or as if the filmmakers schemed to merely bring her before the cameras and then their job was done. She is a muse in every layer of this. For being a servant around the wealthy, we, like the camera don't care about the elite class, the entire patriarchy, their achievements and self-absorption, it all crumbles. The camera's fascination with her then is also mischievous, it's subversive, like a secret they have hidden away. There again the feminism of the piece, a toy story. Augustine would be the title of a film about nobility, wouldn't it? So the contrast to name it Augustine and it's just about the servant having some dreadful illness, it's again, subversive to how she'd be discarded and forgotten in this time, while at the same time naming her also raises her. It says she is actually the important one, her illness is all the pains of society foisted on the underclass to bear.


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France

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 November 2012 (France) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$13,616, 19 May 2013

Gross USA:

$107,352

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$262,390
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Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

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1.85 : 1
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