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  • Actors: Soko, Vincent Lindon
  • Directors: Alice Winocour
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Music Box Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 17, 2013
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00D4Q1UYM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,645 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Doug Anderson VINE VOICE on August 4, 2013
Format: DVD
In the opening scene, 19-year old servant Augustine (French pop star Soko) has a violent seizure at a high society banquet. The onlookers have no idea what they are seeing or what to do about it, except throw water on her. When Augustine awakens, she cannot open her left eye and so she is shipped off to a posh clinic (that looks more like a chateau than a hospital) in the countryside to be treated by Dr. Charcot (Vincent Lindon) who specializes in female hysteria. We have no idea who decided to send her there, or who is paying for this extravagant and controversial treatment, nor do we ever learn. What we do learn very early on is that director Alice Winocour is uninterested in such details but is very interested in the fact that the doctor's profession is a compromised one as the doctor must continually market his research/work to potential backers, and an essentail part of this marketing involves treating his profession as a form of theatre and staging/inducing hysterical fits (which look like fits of female self-pleasure) in his female patients for his male onlookers curiosity/enjoyment/amusement. This is obviously the part of this history (based on actual characters and true-life events) that Winocour finds facinating but she fails to find much there that offers us much in the way of insight into male or female psychology. Yes, the doctor is interested in Augustine not just because she suffers from a peculiar form of female hysteria but because she is an attractive sufferer but this will not surprise anyone (living then or now). Yes, there is sexual tension between doctor and patient but this too will not surprise anyone. In fact, nothing about this story is surprising or unexpected. And that is a problem.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah C. Stewart on April 21, 2014
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Not enough historical depth not to mention psychological verity. Instead, this film settled for a sexualized account of a historical psychologist and a patient.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By antaeaventura on March 12, 2014
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Well worth watching to observe women who have been abused in the past and then are re-abused by the 'doctors' trying to 'cure' them. For further understanding of this subject see: Women and Madness, by Phyllis Chessler, Assault on Truth by Jeffrey Masson and anything by Alice Miller (European Psychoanalyst). The abuse of women has a long history and we all need to understand it better.
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By Amy L. Koerber on April 5, 2015
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Very nicely done as a movie, even though the subject matter is disturbing.
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