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Rated R · 100 minutes · 2012

Comedy, Period drama, Romantic comedy
Hugh Dancy stars as Mortimer Granville, the Victorian doctor who patented the first electromagnetic vibrator, and Maggie Gyllenhaal—in a performance she seems to have modeled on Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins—is the charming proto-suffragette who wins his heart. For a light entertainment, this romantic comedy delivers an impressive amount of feminist rhetoric and historical detail (much of the latter courtesy of production designer Sophie Becher, whose vivid 1880s London never suggests a museum piece). Director Tanya Wexler lacks the graceful touch this requires (the story is crammed with exposition), though one can hardly fault her good intentions. With Jonathan Pryce, Rupert Everett, and Felicity Jones.
Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/hysteria
Director: Tanya Wexler
Producer: Sarah Curtis, Judy Cairo, Tracey Becker, Michael Simpsons, Eric Brenner, Ken Atchity, Sandra Siegel, Leo Joseph, Nathalie Joseph, Mark Kress, Hakan Kousetta, Claudia Blumhuber, Florian Dargel, Peter Fudakowski and Stephen Dyer
Cast: Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jonathan Pryce, Felicity Jones, Rupert Everett, Sheridan Smith, Kim Criswell, Elisabet Johannesdottir, Ashley Jensen, Gemma Jones, Anna Chancellor, Malcolm Rennie and Georgie Glen

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