• 2011
  • UK / France / Germany / Luxembourg
  • 1h 40min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Tanya Wexler
  • Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce
  • UK release: 21 September 2012

Granville (Dancy) is a Victorian doctor whose treatment of 'hysterical' women is thwarted by injury, until his friend Edmund (Everett) steps in with a device he's developed. Wexler's irreverent look at the invention of the electro-mechanical vibrator is a welcome, if fluffy foray into taboo territory, but it could have had more oomph.

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6 Sep 20123 stars

An irreverent drama about the invention of the vibrator, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy

Boasting a story that’s based on true – albeit improbable – events, Hysteria is a period drama with a helping or two of sex comedy, making it a cross between a Jane Austen adaptation and a Carry On film. The third feature from American director Tanya…

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