Augustine Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Augustine

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong sex scene.

  • The pitch:

    Neuro-erotic.

  • Starring:

    Vincent Lindon, SoKo, Chiara Mastroianni, Olivier Rabourdin, Roxane Duran, Lise Lametrie, Ange Ruze, Stephan Wojtowicz

  • Directed by:

    Alice Winocour

  • Running time:

    98 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    An animal is beheaded. Rape, self-harm (cutting) mentioned. Patients in a hospital are neglected, exploited, restrained. A woman falls down stairs. Objects smashed. Screaming. Women burned at the stake mentioned. Blood/gore: Paralysed eye. Needle seen piercing flesh, entering skin. Headless animal.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A couple have sex (standing). Sex noises heard (masturbation, intercourse). Flirting, masturbation, orgasm. Full-frontal female nudity. Half-dressed women (medical examinations - no genitals seen), nude man (back-view). Infidelity.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (wine). Smoking (cigarettes, cigar). Laudanum mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Religious references.

  • THEMES:

    Dr Jean-Martin Charcot, neurology, medicine, paralysis, hypnosis, hysteria, research, exploitation, professionalism, healing, gender inequality, female oppression, illiteracy, marriage, inappropriate relationships, hospital funding, infidelity, psychology.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased siblings mentioned. Hospital/sanatorium setting. A woman suffers several seizures (fitting, screaming, thrashing, moaning, crying, rigidity). Medical examinations, symptoms discussed, brain scans examined, vision testing. Boiling crabs. Thunder, lightning, horse, monkey, chickens, ant, taxidermy animals. French language (subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Absorbing, sensuous, luminous, engrossing, worthwhile. Subtle direction, contemporary perspective, compelling performances, transcends above its period drama setting, alluring cinematography, restrained score, visually expressive.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Routine, understated. Clinical narrative. Offers little backstory. Some issues left unexplored.

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