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Pleasant romcom, and oh yea, it involves a vibrator,
This review is from: Hysteria (DVD)
"Hysteria" (95 min.) brings the highly unlikely (but we are reminded at the beginning of the film that "This movie is based on true events. Really.") story of a young doctor Dr. Mortimer Granville (played by Hugh Dancy) in London, 1880, who is struggling but eventually finds a job with Dr. Robert Dalrymple (played brillantly by Jonathan Pryce) who is treating women for the so-called hysteria disease, really a catch-all for any and all things supposedly wrong with women in those days. The treatment is nothing else but to touch these women's private parts until they reach "paroxysmal convulsions" (wink, wink). The young doctor along with his buddy eventually come up with a mechanical device, which became the vibrator (still the number one sex toy in the world today, we are reminded at the end of the movie).
But the movie in fact is much more about Granville's romantic interplay with the 2 daughters of Dalrymple, Emily (played by Felicity Jones), who is "daddy's girl" and to whom Granville gets engaged, and Charlotte (played by Maggie Gyllenhaal), the "rebel" daughter who has set up a social center to help the poor. I don't want to give away much more from the plot, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.
Maggie Gyllenhall really shines in this movie. I couldn't help but think how much she reminded me of Diane Keaton in her late 70s performances (think Annie Hall). That aside, this movie is a pleasant romcom, nothing more, nothing less. And no, not an "important movie" about women's empowerment as some other reviews here (who obviously did not see the movie) are suggesting.
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Initial post: Oct 31, 2012 11:02:09 AM PDT
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Interesting that both of the most helpful reviews of this film are written by men!
When I wrote my review today, I tried to be careful not to to mention that HYSTERIA
is ROMANTIC drama...so that you fellows would not miss a campy but altruistic movie.
Nice review, Paul. I'm getting right fond of Maggie G. since her small role in CRAZY
HEARTS. And Hugh Darcy, the Austen darling, isn't too bad in light romantic comedy
either. Drat, there's that word...
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