AUGUSTINE - starring Soko

released 7 November 2012 (France) -- 17 May 2013 (US)
Directed by Alice Winocour

CAST

Soko - Augustine
Chiara Mastroianni - Constance
Olivier Rabourdin - Bourneville
Vincent Lindon - Charcot
Roxane Duran - Rosalie
Sophie Cattani - Blanche
Stéphan Wojtowicz - Conti
Frans Boyer - Conti's secretary
Lise Lamétrie - Head Nurse
Aurore Broutin - patient
Ange Ruzé - Pierre
Valentine Herrenschmidt - Marguerite
Audrey Bonnet - Aimée
Jeanne Cohendy - Mélanie
Grégoire Colin - Verdan
BETTY THE MONKEY

GALLERY

Chacot and Augustine go for a walk
Soko and Roxanne Duran in Augustine
Soko with monkey
Soko as Augustine
Augustine and her cousin on the way to the hospital
Alice Winocour
Augustine
Augustine poster

Director:     Alice Winocour
Producers:     Isabelle Madelaine, Emilie Tisné
Screenplay:     Alice Winocour
Co-starring:     Vincent Lindon, Roxane Duran
Release Date:     7 November 2012 (France)
Length:     102 minutes
Genre:     drama
Aspect ratio:    1.85:1

"She [Winocour] didn’t want me to do any research. She was like, 'Everything you need to know is in the script. We’re not doing a historical re-creation. We’re making a love story. We’re talking about sex, and we’re talking about love and how you turn from object to being the master of the man who is totally dominating you.'"
--- Soko to Mark Olsen of the LA Times

Left to right: Vincent Lindon, Alice Winocour, Chiara Mastroianni, and Soko - Cannes 2012

In Paris in the winter of 1885, Professor Charcot is studying a mysterious disease, hysteria, at the Pitié Salpêtrière. Nineteen year old Augustine becomes his favorite guinea pig, the star of his demonstrations of hypnosis. From a subject of study, she gradually became an object of desire.

AUGUSTINE, is a film for which Soko says she needed to lose some weight for the nude scenes. Directed by Alice Winocour, AUGUSTINE is set in the Pitié Salpêtrière hospital in Paris in 1885. It explores the mutual fascination that develops between Doctor Charcot (Vincent Lindon) and his patient. Soko plays Augustine, a young housemaid who is showing all the symptoms of 'hysteria'. Both the film and Soko's performance in it have received rave reviews after its initial showing at Cannes.

Jean-Martin Charcot Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot (1825-1893), the subject of this film, created neurology as a firm discipline. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis was not only described but was named by him, and he was a major contributor to the knowledge of poliomyelitis and other neuropathies. He also wrote on hysteria, expanded the use of hypnotism and was involved early on in the conflict over animal experimentation.

Chiara Mastroianni (daughter of Marcello Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve) plays the wife of Charcot. The film was produced by Isabelle Madelaine and Emilie Tisné. It was filmed in Ille de France

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER had this to say about Soko's performance in Augustine:

"Soko...compellingly underplays an individual awkwardly caught between girlhood and womanhood by her physical traumas. She certainly confirms the promise that saw her nominated as 'Best Female Hope' at the 2006 Césars (for Xavier Giannoli's In the Beginning), holding her own against the avuncular, ever-observant slyness of the vastly more experienced Lindon, himself a four-time César nominee."

AWARDS

The Best Actress award at the 2012 FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE DE MAR DEL PLATA. in Buenos Aires, was won by Soko for her performance in AUGUSTINE.

Soko presented AUGUSTINE at the 2 in 1 International Film Festival, 10/1 Khokhlovskiy Lane in Moscow 22 October 2012. Soko and her brother Max played a "last minute intimate free show" last 21 October at Blur Cafe in Moscow. After Moscow, Soko travelled to Mumbai to introduce the film at the Mumbai International Film Festival.

DVD AND BLU-RAY

AUGUSTINE has been released on DVD and BluRay in the US (French with English subtitles).It can be ordered from Amazon. The film can be streamed on Netflix.

Alice Winocour being interviewed by Toronto's NOW Magazine Two short films by director Alice Winocour, Magic Paris (2007), and Kitchen (2005), are included on the Blu-Ray and DVD of Winocour's first feature AUGUSTINE. Both the DVD and Blu-Ray are available on Amazon. The DVD available from Netflix does not have the short films included. Winocour is pictured (below right) during an interview by NOW Magazine, in which she said: "The topic of the film [Augustine] is really the way men look at women, in the beginning as a guinea pig, and then as an object of desire."




AUGUSTINE : BANDE-ANNONCE HD (Cannes 2012) by baryla