AUGUSTINE

“A dark romance of sex and power. Vivid and Feverish.” - AO Scott, The New York Times

Augustine

Augustine

About the Film

The powerful and darkly sensual drama Augustine is based on the true story of the unusual relationship that developed between Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot, the pioneering 19th century French neurologist and mentor to Sigmund Freud, and his star teenage patient. 

In Belle Epoque Paris, 19-year-old kitchen maid Augustine suffers an inexplicable seizure that leaves her partially paralyzed and is shipped off to an all-female psychiatric hospital specializing in the then-fashionable ailment of 'hysteria'. Augustine captures the attention of renowned neurologist Dr. Charcot (Vincent Lindon) after she has another attack that appears to give her intense physical pleasure.  Intrigued, he begins using her as his principal subject, hypnotizing her in front of his fellow doctors.  As Augustine displays her spectacular fits in lecture halls, the lines between doctor and patient become blurred, radically impacting the course of both of their lives.
 
Chronicling one woman’s sexual awakening against the backdrop of Victorian psychology and social repression, director Alice Winocour’s auspicious feature film debut stars 27 year-old French recording artist Soko in a breakout performance, Vincent Lindon (Mademoiselle Chambon), and Chiara Mastroianni (Prêt-à-Porter, Nowhere).


Starring: Vincent Lindon, Soko, Chiara Mastroianni
Director: Alice Winocour
Release Date: 05/17/13

Reactions

“Absorbingly sensuous period drama from an exciting new French writing/directing talent.” - Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“A coolly febrile study of madness, Victorian sexual politics and power. The complex relationship between 19th-century neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot and of the most famous 'hysterics' he treated is charted with intelligent nuance.” - Leslie Felperin, Variety

“A slyly feminist fable.” - Steve Dollar, The Wall Street Journal

"Charged with erotic tension. Soko inhabits the role of Augustine with consummate poise." - Dennis Lim, The New York Times

FOUR STARS "A gothic prequel to A Dangerous Method. Soko evolves from exploited victim to self-possessed woman—a protofeminist in both body and mind." - Eric Hynes, Time Out NY

“Gorgeously shot, lavishly costumed and well acted!”– Ernest Hardy, Village Voice

“A dark romance of sex and power. Vivid and Feverish. Soko is as grave and luminous as a silent-film star.” - AO Scott, The New York Times

Awards & Festivals

  • 2013 César Nominee - Best First Feature
  • Official Selection: 2012 Cannes Film Festival - Critics Week - Special Screenings
  • Official Selection: 2012 Toronto International Film Festival - Discovery Section
  • Official Selection: 2013 Rendez Vous With French Cinema
  • Official Selection: COLCOA Film Festival 2013

Cast & Crew

Cast

Professor Charcot: Vincent Lindon
Augustine: Soko
Constance Charcot: Chiara Mastroianni
Bourneville: Olivier Rabourdin
Rosalie: Roxane Duran
Head Nurse: Lise Lamétrie
Blanche: Sophie Cattani
Verdan: Grégoire Colin
Pierre: Ange Ruzé

Crew

Director: Alice Winocour
Editor: Julien Lacheray
Writer: Alice Winocour
Producers: Isabelle Madelaine, Laurent Pétin, Michèle Pétin, Emilie Tisné
Director of Photography: Georges Lechaptois
Music: Jocelyn Pook
Production Design: Arnaud de Moleron
Art Direction: Arnaud de Moleron

Technical Info

Production Year: 2013
Release Date: 05/17/13
Countries of Production: France
Languages: French
Running Time: 1h 42m
Screen Ratio: 1.85
Rating: Unrated

Theaters

Palm Springs
California
5/31/13
New York
New York
5/31/13
Huntington
New York
5/31/13
Bethel
Connecticut
6/7/13
New Haven
Connecticut
6/7/13
Santa Barbara
California
6/7/13
Hudson
New York
6/15/13
Hartford
Connecticut
6/19/13
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
6/21/13
Boston
Massachusetts
6/21/13
Chicago
Illinois
6/21/13
Minneapolis
Minnesota
6/21/13
Washington D.C.
District of Columbia
6/21/13
Denver
Colorado
6/21/13
Arlington
Virginia
6/21/13
San Diego
California
6/28/13
Atlanta
Georgia
6/28/13
Harrisburg
Pennsylvania
7/5/13
Salem
Massachusetts
7/5/13
San Rafael
California
7/5/13
Rochester
New York
7/5/13
Berkeley
California
7/5/13
San Jose
California
7/5/13
Scottsdale
Arizona
7/5/13
San Francisco
California
7/5/13
Santa Fe
New Mexico
7/5/13
Downers Grove
Illinois
7/8/13
Sedona
Arizona
7/9/13
Fort Lauderdale
Florida
7/12/13
Spokane
Washington
7/12/13
Miami
Florida
7/12/13
Coral Gables
Florida
7/12/13
Lake Worth
Florida
7/12/13
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma
7/12/13
Lake Worth
Florida
7/12/13
Portland
Oregon
7/12/13
Detroit
Michigan
7/12/13
Monterey
California
7/12/13
Westhampton Beach
New York
7/15/13
Austin
Texas
7/19/13
Boca Raton
Florida
7/19/13
Overland Park
Kansas
7/19/13
Columbus
Ohio
7/19/13
Delray Beach
Florida
7/19/13
Bethel
Connecticut
7/24/13
Cleveland
Ohio
7/26/13
Richmond
Virginia
7/26/13
Tacoma
Washington
7/30/13
Lancaster
Pennsylvania
7/31/13
Mesilla
New Mexico
8/9/13
Williamsburg
Virginia
8/9/13
Knoxville
Tennessee
8/9/13
Houston
Texas
8/16/13
Albuquerque
New Mexico
8/16/13

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Awards & Festivals

  • 2013 César Nominee - Best First Feature
  • Official Selection: 2012 Cannes Film Festival - Critics Week - Special Screenings
  • Official Selection: 2012 Toronto International Film Festival - Discovery Section
  • Official Selection: 2013 Rendez Vous With French Cinema
  • Official Selection: COLCOA Film Festival 2013

Reactions

“Absorbingly sensuous period drama from an exciting new French writing/directing talent.” - Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“A coolly febrile study of madness, Victorian sexual politics and power. The complex relationship between 19th-century neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot and of the most famous 'hysterics' he treated is charted with intelligent nuance.” - Leslie Felperin, Variety

“A slyly feminist fable.” - Steve Dollar, The Wall Street Journal

"Charged with erotic tension. Soko inhabits the role of Augustine with consummate poise." - Dennis Lim, The New York Times

FOUR STARS "A gothic prequel to A Dangerous Method. Soko evolves from exploited victim to self-possessed woman—a protofeminist in both body and mind." - Eric Hynes, Time Out NY

“Gorgeously shot, lavishly costumed and well acted!”– Ernest Hardy, Village Voice

“A dark romance of sex and power. Vivid and Feverish. Soko is as grave and luminous as a silent-film star.” - AO Scott, The New York Times

Detailed Film Info

The powerful and darkly sensual drama Augustine is based on the true story of the unusual relationship that developed between Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot, the pioneering 19th century French neurologist and mentor to Sigmund Freud, and his star teenage patient. 
 
In Belle Epoque Paris, 19-year-old kitchen maid Augustine suffers an inexplicable seizure that leaves her partially paralyzed and is shipped off to an all-female psychiatric hospital specializing in the then-fashionable ailment of 'hysteria'. Augustine captures the attention of renowned neurologist Dr. Charcot (Vincent Lindon) after she has another attack that appears to give her intense physical pleasure.  Intrigued, he begins using her as his principal subject, hypnotizing her in front of his fellow doctors.  As Augustine displays her spectacular fits in lecture halls, the lines between doctor and patient become blurred, radically impacting the course of both of their lives. Augustine chronicles one woman’s sexual awakening against the backdrop of Victorian psychology and social repression. 

Augustine is the feature film debut of 36 year-old director Alice Winocour, a graduate of the Paris film school La Femis. Her first short film Kitchen was selected in competition at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, and she co-wrote the screenplay for Ursula Meier's Home. Soko was nominated for a César for Best Female Newcomer for Xavier Giannoli's Cannes Film Festival Competition entry In the Beginning.  Chiara Mastroianni, who plays Dr. Charcot's wife, has collaborated with some of France's finest directors including André Téchiné (My Favorite Season), Arnaud Desplechin (A Christmas Tale) Christophe Honoré (Love Songs ) as well as American directors Robert Altman (Prêt-à-Porter) and Gregg Araki (Nowhere),  The film's original music was composed by acclaimed British composer Jocelyn Pook, who has worked with a variety of visual, dance and theatre artists and written scores for films including Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut.

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