Augustine

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Based on a true case, writer-director Alice Winocour has adapted a true case of a progressive 19th century doctor/therapist and his unusual patient into a mesmerizing study of personal wills, hidden desires and reversals of fate. A teenage maid who suffers from seizures is sent to a mental hospital, where she appears to be condemned for life until Professor Charcot finds in her the possibility of testing his advanced notions of the sources of so-called “hysteria.” Soko as Augustine and Vincent Lindon as Charcot deliver astonishing performances. A Music Box Films release. (Dir. by Alice Winocour, 2012, France, in French with subtitles, 102 mins., Not Rated) Digital