Friday, June 22, 2012

Hysteria

Director: Tanya Wexler
Starring: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce, Felicity Jones, Rupert Everett

A romantic comedy centered around the development of the electromagnetic vibrator during the late Victorian era. Doctor Robert Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce), is a specialist in treating women with "hysterica” in a most unorthodox way. Dr Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) is an idealistic, forward-thinking medic who drifts from job to job mainly due to his skepticism and out-spokenness. He joins Dalrymple’s private practice and falls for his employer’s daughters the demure Emily (Felicity Jones) and the "volatile suffragette" Charlotte (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Keen to develop his medical experitse Granville perfects manual "vulvar massage," but the popularity of the treatment leaves him with painful carpel tunnel syndrome and its up to his gadget-loving best friend (Rupert Everett) to help ease matters with a new invention. What might have been a jolly good romp ends up rather a damp squib. Mildly amusing

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