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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

HYSTERIA

By D.E.Levine

A Tribeca Film Festival Selection

Hysteria is a film based on the invention and refinement of the electric vibrator.


A period piece, the film addresses the plight of the sexually unsatisfied female in the 19th Century and the fictional Dr. Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce) who has a successful medical practice for treatment of what is known as hysteria.

Dr. Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy), who apprentices with Dr. Dalrymple, proves to be an astute student, and with the help of a wealthy inventor friend develops, an electric device that relieves the doctors from having to manually manipulate society women to sexual climaxes.

Romantically involved with Dr. Dalrymples younger daughter (Felicity Jones), Dr. Granville falls in love with the older sister, an outspoken activist who works with the poor.

This is a fun film - not a great one, but thoroughly enjoyable.