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Augustine (2012)

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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

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Alice Winocour
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 November 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Августина See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,616, 19 May 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$107,114, 15 September 2013
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Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

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Lonely Walk
from the film soundtrack "Wild Side"
Music and Lyrics by Jocelyn Pook
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Missing many facts
1 November 2015 | by eyeintreesSee all my reviews

This is rather a sensationalised and eroticized rendition of filmmaking loosely based on facts.

Although well acted, well filmed and very intriguing throughout, it nonetheless did not treat the subject material in a way that fully depicted what countless many young women of the day endured: early sexual abuse and it's life-harming effects.

One of the factual details that is notably absent from Winocour's film is the sexual assaults the young Augustine suffered at the hands of an employer with whom she was placed by her mother at age thirteen. The details of her rape do not get mentioned and neither does her trauma,or the information that the attacks began soon after.

From the symptoms of her 'illness,' in this film, the causes or triggers for Augustine's episodes often feature in scenes of animal cruelty. The film does not treat her history of sexual abuse and it has Augustine enter the Salpêtrière at age nineteen, while, in fact, she was fourteen when she began her stay. Very much younger. Still a child.

If the filmmaker had stuck to a factual rendition of how so many girls were sold or traded or sent off to work in situations where they were never protected, never able to protect themselves and where the theme of the day in most of Europe was early sexual abuse of horrific proportions, there may have been a film that explained how generationally women have been exploited, manhandled, marginalised and mistreated almost as point of course.

A hugely wasted opportunity to make an important film.


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