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Set in Belle Époque France, director Alice Winocour's sensual, fiercely intelligent tale of female sexual awakening follows nineteen-year-old "hysteria" patient Augustine, the star of Professor Charcot's experiments in hypnosis, as she transitions from object of study to object of desire. (TIFF)

Actors: Sophie Cattani , Soko , Roxane Duran , Grégoire Colin , Vincent Lindon , Chiara Mastroianni , Olivier Rabourdin
Directors: Alice Winocour
Country: FRANCE
Release: 2012-11-07
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  • A.O. Scott

    Everything depends on the subtlety of the direction and the charisma of the performances. Augustine is intellectually satisfying partly because it communicates its ideas at the level of feeling, through the uncanny power of Soko’s face and body.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Tomas Hachard

    Alice Winocour's take on this true story carries the superficial trappings of a period drama, but its perspective is entirely contemporary.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    The film's dark beauty and the quiet intensity of the performances have a discomforting pull.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • John Anderson

    Soko is terrific, but it is Mr. Lindon who delivers the performance of the film, his internalized consternation amounting to an eloquent dispatch from the war between the sexes.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Ernest Hardy

    The film is something of a paradox, simultaneously passionate and dispassionate, its ending tethered to both bruised triumph and a sense of things falling apart.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Eric Hynes

    Plays like a gothic prequel to David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method," one in which human flesh is viewed as both horrific and erotic terrain.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Neil Young

    Augustine's script is a coherent and valid artistic reinterpretation of the case, told against an unfussily atmospheric evocation of late 19-century Paris - persuasive even though the dialogue seldom sounds particularly old-fashioned.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Leslie Felperin

    Anchored by two intense, intertwined perfs by veteran Vincent Lindon and relative newcomer Soko, a musician who also composed the pic’s growling, atmospheric score, this period drama offers a coolly febrile study of madness, Victorian sexual politics and power.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mark Jenkins

    Ultimately, Winocour does stage an instance of what could be called love. It's unconvincing narratively, alas, and an odd disruption of the tone in a film that is otherwise bracingly clinical.

    NPR Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    It’s ironic that a movie about social restrictions is at its best when it restrains itself—that is, when it treats its characters as characters rather than figures, and its plot as drama rather than statement.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Godfrey Cheshire

    Ultimately, while this character-based drama proves consistently engrossing, it leaves various pertinent and fascinating issues frustratingly unexplored. Full Review
  • Farran Smith Nehme

    Winocour skillfully films Augustine being exhibited for other doctors in several disturbingly erotic scenes, but elsewhere Soko’s stolid, one-note demeanor takes a toll. The script, which gives Augustine no background and mostly shows her either being “treated” or having an episode, doesn’t help.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Sokolinski, a French pop singer better known at home as Soko, is fully in tune with Winocour’s sharp vision. Her intense, almost accusatory turn feels like the opposing image of Keira Knightley’s intellectual neurosis in 2011’s similarly themed “A Dangerous Method.” Where that film found some lightness within the dark, this one drags an historic darkness into the light.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Bill Stamets

    An obliquely clinical love story.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review