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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 04.18.13] France drama

For the last few weeks we've been keeping a close eye on Alice Winocour's feature film debut Augustine, mostly because the story sounds very reminiscent of David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method (review) though this story takes place in Belle Epoque Paris and is written and directed by a woman which should bring a slightly different take to the material.

French singer/actress Soko stars as the titular Augustine, a 19-year-old kitchen maid who suffers from a seizure that leaves her partially paralyzed. She's shipped off to an all-female psychiatric hospital specializing in the treatment of "hysteria." When she suffers another seizure which appears to give the young woman immense sexual pleasure, she captures the attention of renowned neurologist who beings to use Augustine as his principal subject.

The trailer for Winocour's film is dark and gorgeous and charged with sexual tension. It'll be interesting to see how it plays out in comparison to Cronenberg's similarly themed project.

Augustine opens in NY and LA on May 17th followed by a national rollout.

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