DVD - 2013 - French
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
In Paris, 19-year-old Augustine suffers a seizure that leaves her partially paralyzed and is sent to a hospital specializing in the then-fashionable ailment of "hysteria". She captures the attention of renowned neurologist Dr. Charcot after she has another attack that appears to give her intense physical pleasure. He begins using her as his principle subject, hypnotizing her in front of his fellow doctors. As she displays her spectacular attacks, the lines between doctor and patient become blurred. Based on a true story from the late 19th century.


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Sep 27, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Hypnotic dramatized relationship between a young female patient with the catch all hysteria disease and her physician who established a neurology clinic at Salpêtrière, the first of its kind in Europe during the late 1800's. Exhibits of still photos to illustrate various hysteria conditions in bonus feature and can be found here:


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Sep 27, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Constance, Charcot's wife read from paper:
“We are all hysterical, since Dr. Charcot, the high priest of hospital-harvested hysteria, spends a fortune maintaining a race of nervous women ... Cheat on your husband? Hysterical. But a sensual hysteric. Lie constantly? Hysterical. Like to eat? Hysterical. Nervous? Hysterical. You are this or that, what women have been since the dawn of time:


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