Movie review: Hysteria
It is funny, and positively on the money. To think that women were 'locked up' just because they were HORNY and FRUSTRATED, and wanted to be treated as equals. They thought it was a mental illness, and treated these women as if they were SICK! I would have definitely been 'locked up'. Just accept it. Women enjoy ORGASMS too. If your woman is getting moody, cranky, short tempered, and depressed, and quiet, maybe she just needs a little of YOUR attention. For some women , SEX, with a caring partner, is actually good for their MENTAL HEALTH. Share an orgasm together, at least weekly......Doctor's orders! ^_^
I rate this movie 10/10.
Hubby said after watching the movie that he'd love to have the Doctor's job! I told him he could always be my doctor! lol
"Hysteria might be about the invention of the vibrator, but its account of this chapter in sexual history is both amusing and dignified. Director Tanya Wexler's mildly risque film is, in fact, a very pretty, well-designed costume drama and a delightful romantic comedy - the sort of thing you could recommend to your open-minded mother.
Hugh Dancy is Dr Mortimer Granville, an idealistic young physician who struggles to hold down a job in
in the 1880s due to his progressive views on germs. He finally finds regular
employment with Dr Robert Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce), London's "foremost
specialist in women's medicine", who is a dab hand at administering pelvic
massages to wealthy housewives diagnosed with the medical condition
The arrival of the handsome young doctor leads to a drastic rise in the number of women in
suffering from the
hysteria symptoms of "weeping, nymphomania, frigidity, melancholia, and
anxiety". Granville quickly becomes indispensable, engaged to Dr Dalrymple's
polite young daughter Emily (Felicity Jones), and expected to take over the
Granville is, however, confronted by obstacles. He begins suffering from debilitating hand cramps, and is flustered by Emily's feminist sister Charlotte (Gyllenhaal) who is constantly challenging him to put his education to better use.
It's nicely cast, with everyone on board and hamming it up to keep the storytelling tongue-in-cheek. Some do it better than others, but nobody does it better than Rupert Everett as Granville's wealthy best friend and inventor Edmund St. John-Smythe. He's witty and edgy without going over the top (unlike a few of his cast-mates) and it's a pity he doesn't feature more, especially as it's Edmund who comes up with the bright idea of how to save Granville's career.
Though Wexler nicely incorporates observations on the prudish social mores of the Victorian era, the emergence of new technology and the growth of the feminist movement, she leans too much towards the farcical and Hysteria becomes cute rather than clever. Hysteria isn't hysterical, but it's a light-hearted romp that will create its own buzz.
Cast: Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Director: Tanya Wexler
Running time: 99 mins
Rating: M (Sexual references)
Verdict: A pretty and amusing farce about a sex toy.