Augustine (Soko) is a maid in the late 19th century in Paris. When she suffers from a kind of epileptic episode one night, she heads to the hospital and is promptly kept there and diagnosed with hysteria. When Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot (Vincent Lindon) becomes aware of her case, he sees an opportunity to prove the effectiveness of his hysteria-treatment through hypnosis and so secure financial backing for his research.
Augustine was a really excellent movie, with a fantastic cast and an interesting story critically told. Plus, it looked really good. Definitely one of the highlights of the Viennale for me.
Mathias (Vincent Lindon) is a rather carefree single with a divorced wife and a daughter, who live in London. When he gets fired from his job in Paris, and gets an offer from his best friend Antoine (Pascal Elbé), he decides to move to London, to maybe rekindle his relationship with the ex (Mar Sodupe). Unfortunately, said ex immediately moves back to Paris, leaving Mathias with his daughter in London. Since he’s never had to care for anybody but himself, he quickly proposes Antoine, who’s a single dad as well, that they could share an apartment – and the responsibility.
There are a few very good laughs in this film and it is rather entertaining to watch. You won’t leave the cinema on cloud number nine, neither will you be impressed by the cinematic skills of the people involved. But the actors are decent, the story is sweet and it’s practically the definition of summer cinema.