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Directed by Alice Winocour

2013, in French with English subtitles


102 minutes



Based on a true story from Belle Epoque Paris, this drama follows Augustine (French singer/actress Soko), a 19-year-old kitchen maid. After suffering an inexplicable seizure that leaves her partially paralyzed, Augustine is sent to a psychiatric hospital specializing in the ailment of “hysteria.” There, she captures the attention of Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot (Vincent Lindon), a renowned neurologist who begins using her as his principal subject, hypnotizing her in front of colleagues.