France | 2012 | 102 minutes | Alice Winocour

Set in Belle Epoque France, Augustine tells the true-life tale of a pioneering 19th century neurologist and the precocious teenage patient whose "hysteria" becomes the star attraction of his practice.

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Set in Belle Epoque France, Augustine tells the true-life tale of pioneering 19th century neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot (Vincent Lindon), a mentor to Sigmund Freud, and his precocious teenage patient, Augustine. When Augustine, a servant girl at an upper-class home in Paris, suffers a seizure while waiting at table, she is immediately shipped off to the Pitié-Salpêtrière Psychiatric Hospital. There she meets the good doctor, a specialist in female "hysteria," who is intrigued by her condition, characterized by convulsions in which she seems to experience intense physical pleasure. Charcot enlists Augustine as his principal subject in experiments involving hypnosis, in which he tries to arouse her fits at will. To generate funding for his practice, he makes these experiments—and their impressive results—into a kind of public spectacle. Despite the vast power imbalance in gender, class, and education, a relationship of intricate interdependence between doctor and patient ensues. Lush and painterly in its aesthetic, this sensual first feature from Alice Winocour marked the emergence of an important new talent at Cannes 2012, despite the fact that not a single woman director was chosen to compete for the Palme d'Or.

Director Biography
Alice Winocour is a French director whose works have received numerous awards and nominations. She has directed 3 short films; Kitchen, Pina Colada, and Magic Paris, for which she was awarded Best Director by the Cabourg Romantic Film Festival in 2007. Augustine is her first feature.

Sponsored in part by the French American Cultural Society, French American School of Puget Sound, French Embassy in the United States, French Immersion School of Washington, Alliance Francaise de Seattle, TV5 Monde, FrancePress LLC

Director: Alice Winocour
Principal Cast: Soko, Vincent Lindon, Chiara Mastroianni, Olivier Rabourdin, Roxane Duran
Country: France
Year: 2012
Running Time: 102 minutes
Producer: Isabelle Madelaine, Emilie Tisné, Laurent Petin, Michele Petin
Screenplay: Alice Winocour
Cinematographers: Georges Lechaptois
Editors: Julien Lacheray
Music: Jocelyn Pook
Awards: MarDel Plata Film Festival 2012 (Best Actress)
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: French
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Music Box Films
International Sales: Kinology
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