Augustine (2013)

After suffering an inexplicable seizure which leaves her paralyzed on her right side,19-year-old illiterate kitchen maid Augustine (27 year-old singer-turned-actress Soko in a break out performance), is shipped off to Paris' all female… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 17, 2013
DVD Release Date: September 17, 2013
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tom Long
Detroit News

By the film's end, it's clear what Augustine is running from, but it's hard to grasp where she was in the first place.

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Godfrey Cheshire
Chicago Sun-Times

Ultimately, while this character-based drama proves consistently engrossing, it leaves various pertinent and fascinating issues frustratingly unexplored.

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David Zuckerman
Film Comment Magazine

Trading historical detail for atmospheric sensuality doesn't do this story justice.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

That the film raises interesting questions might be good enough, except that, while the movie goes about denying us information we want, it gives us details we don't need. "Augustine" churns slowly and doesn't make for compelling viewing.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

The psychosexual drama plays out beneath the surface -- the movie is so understated it sometimes feels inert.

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Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio

Deconstructs late 19th century forms of torture, sexual exploitation and degradation, the female body as theater, closet peep shows, and the medical practitioner fantasy of 'a slave looking for a master' that all defined psychiatry back then.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

French physician Jean-Martin Charcot hypnotized, photographed and exhibited a hysteric, as does French director Alice Winocour for a clinical love story and empowerment tale.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Fiercely yet faithfully imagined by... Alice Winocur, [the film] is not exclusively a mystery. It's also part love story, part horror story, as well as a parable of gender, power and the enduring enigma that is the mind-body connection.

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Jamie S. Rich

Augustine's best when it focuses on the push-pull relationship of doctor and patient. SoKo is excellent as the troubled girl, inspiring both compassion and frustration.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
This almost-good drama is a missed opportunity, considering its intriguing premise and the talent of the actors involved. What could have been a fascinating… More
Walter M.
The movie starts with Augustine(Soko), a maid, feeling unwell while preparing to serve that night's dishes. Still, the show must go on, which turns out to… More