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* Vincent Lindon ("La moustache") is wonderful as Professeur Jean-Martin Charcot, whose well-documented treatments for hysteria were conducted at Salpêtrière School. The young women who were his patients had almost epileptic spasms, cut themselves and were otherwise self abusive. The professor was a dedicated ethical man, but he WAS a man....
* Soko ("Friends from France") is our eponymous heroine, a serving maid in a prominent home who falls down in a terrifying fit, and awakens to find her right eye is paralyzed and closed. She is sent to Salpêtrière where her treatments begin. The patients there are expected to earn their keep, so she is working with the poultry when a cook beheads a hen. She has another fit, only to discover that now her eye works but the ailment has traveled to another part of her body. And so it goes...
* Chiara Mastroianni ("Persepolis" voice) is the professor's wife, Constance. She seems to suspect that some of her husband's young female patients might find a cure for their hysteria in his well-tailored trousers. (I began to suspect the same thing!Read more ›
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Very nicely done as a movie, even though the subject matter is disturbing.Published 10 months ago by Amy L. Koerber
The streaming quality was about like DVD not Bluray, and I have a fast download speed(10 mbp).I like french movies and this one is honest and good, not like so much of the crap out... Read morePublished 23 months ago by ron
A movie, finally, about the ultimate faked orgasm. The only hysteria involved was in the making of the movie in the first place.Published on November 24, 2013 by Chrystal Fairy
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