Film Review: Hysteria, the Pleasurable Invention of the Vibrator

| 12 July , 2012 | Reply


Directed by: Tanya Wexler
Written by: Stephen Dyer, Jonah Lisa Dyer, Howard Gensler
Starring: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce, Felicity Jones
Sassi’s Star Rating: 4/5

Well ladies, this is an interesting one – a period piece/romantic comedy about the invention of the vibrator. Never fear, Hysteria, directed by Tanya Wexler, is tasteful, intelligent, and amusing. The story, based on actual events, follows the inventor, Dr. Mortimer Granville, played by the charming Hugh Dancy. Mortimer believes in the advances of medicine, but his radical ideas, such as believing in germs, gets him sacked from various practices.

He ends up at the office of Dr. Robert Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce), who specializes in treating women for hysteria – a plague of anxiety affecting over half the women in London. His treatment isn’t what you’d call medical . . . more a hands on approach. The satisfied women leave content and eager for their next appointment. Mortimer joins the practice and meets Dalrymple’s daughters, the elegant Emily (Felicity Jones), and her progressive and feisty sister Charlotte (Maggie Gyllenhaal).

Lending a hand in the practice, Mortimer’s good looks increase the number of enthusiastic patients. But when a work-related injury threatens to ruin his career, he seeks the aid of his eccentric friend Edmund St. John-Smythe (Rupert Everett). The two men combine forces, and soon a home device to treat women for, ‘hysteria’ is born.


Beautiful scenery, costumes, a bit of romance, and a comfortable pace transport you to Victorian London. With a great cast and an entertaining topic, Hysteria is a pleasurable film.


A smart romantic comedy with pulsing bits of history, Hysteria is a fun film for a night out with the girls.

In cinemas now!

Love
Allison

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