Synopsis: A look at the relationship between pioneering 19th century French neurologist Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot and his star teenage patient, a kitchen maid who is left partially paralyzed after a seizure.
Genre: Drama, History
Director(s): Alice Winocour
Production: Music Box Films
  4 wins & 11 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min


Some soup?

Are you okay?

What's wrong?

- Would you rather I serve?

- I'm fine.

Are you sure?

Augustine, it's ready.

- What's her problem now?

- She's sick.

Don't go believing

that nonsense.

I need a good


I have one.


Does that hurt?

- When was your attack?

- Last night.

Take this off.

Bruises all over.

I banged into things.

Have these attacks often?

Every week?

- Every month?

- More or less.

But never this bad.

Do you remember anything?

Stick out your tongue.


You can get dressed.

Brothers and sisters?

- Yes.

- How many?


I mean, six.

Three died.

What from?

They were young.

- How old are you?

- Nineteen.

Any children?

Do you work?

As a kitchen maid.

Since I was fourteen.

Did you bring your things?

We'll keep you for a bit.

For some tests.

Are you sure?

How long?

I can't say.

Do you know what I have?

You'll go to the refectory.

And then to your room.

Follow me.


You can walk around the

hospital but you can't leave.

And don't try.

After lunch,

we'll find you work.

Everyone here

works afternoons.

Can you cook?

I won't be here long.

This way.

Holy Guardian Angel,

make my eye open.

Holy Guardian Angel,

make me better.

Please, Holy Guardian Angel,

I'm begging you.

Make me get better, please.

Don't bother praying.

No one hears you here.

Not even Charcot.

It's Charcot...

you must pray to here.


Wait here.


Did you see Charcot?

Did he touch you?



That way.

- What are you looking at?

- I see him.

When did it begin?

A month ago.

Nothing in the file.

Sorry, Professor.

I'll do it now.

Mr. Verdan,

take a photograph.

Next case.

This way.

Next case.


Raped at the age of 16.

At 12...

That's enough.

We know Blanche.

When was your last attack?

Two weeks ago.

And nothing since.

Does that hurt?

- Since when?

- I don't know.




It's spread to her chest.

Won't last long.

You can get dressed.

Gentlemen, enough for today.

We'll continue tomorrow.

Everyone out.

What are you doing there?

Come on!

Look who's here.

As of now,

serve meat at every meal.

It'll cost more.

- Use the Doctors' Fund.

- It's empty.

Bourneville, just manage.

Ask the paymaster.

Meat, once a week at least.

Yes, sir.

Stop that.

Why haven't I seen her?

She hasn't been here long.

Sit her down.

Don't be afraid.

Does this hurt?

When I press down?

Has it happened before?

Bring her along.

Close your eyes.

Tell me if you feel anything.



Feel anything?

Exactly as we described.

Right side is desensitized.

Straight down the middle.

Prepare the needle.

Stand still.

Feel anything?


Why do I feel nothing?

- Will you cure me?

- Dress her.

Presenting her to

the Academy?

I don't know.

It's too soon to say.

Depends how she reacts

in front of people.



She seems fully matured.

You know what

menstruation is?

You don't?

You'll see with the doctor.

You won't tell me?

You'll know when it happens.

It happens suddenly.

I feel a knot in my throat.

I get hot and dizzy.

My forearms are on fire.

It was like...

the sky opened up.

Like the floodgates...

I was flowing out to sea.

Everything was possible.

What's your name?

How long have

you been here?

You won't speak to me?

Brain section Death

after hysterical attack

I stopped by the gallery.

I saw a portrait of

a woman you'd like.

Go see it when you can.

I'll try next week.

You always say that.

I promise I'll try.

Melanie, give him seconds.

Good idea.

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Alice Winocour

Alice Winocour (born 13 January 1976) is a French screenwriter and director. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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