2011 - Rated R (MPAA)
Release Date: 09/18/2012
Original Language: N/A
Time: 99 mins.
Label: Sony Pictures Home
DVD Features: Region 1 Note: Commentary with director Tanya Wexler Passion & power: the technology of orgasm An evening with Tanya Wexler, Hugh Dancy and Jonathan Pryce Hysteria: behind the scenes Deleted scenes Widescreen - 2.35 Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 - English Subtitles - English
Set in Victorian London, Tanya Wexler's period comedy HYSTERIA tells the tale of Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy), a young doctor disturbed by the way most hospitals ignore the latest research on germ theory, and still treat patients with bleedings and leeches. After being fired from his most recent job for speaking out on the matter, he ends up in the employ of Dr. Robert Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce) who runs a private practice specializing in treating women who suffer from "hysteria" and come to the doctor for his precise digital manipulations in order to get a release. With the help of Mortimer's best friend Edmund (Rupert Everett) together they create a device that allows these women to achieve the desired result much more quickly. Complicating matters, Mortimer becomes enamored of Dalrymple's strong-willed, feminist-minded daughter Charlotte (Maggie Gyllenhaal). HYSTERIA played at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he script captures some delicate and intelligent facets of a period that was tensely conflicted and impossible to reconcile." -- Sara Vizcarrondo , (Box Office)
"[With] subtle idiosyncratic comedic moments..." -- Film Comment Staff , (Film Comment)
"One of the pleasures of Wexler's third feature is how elegantly it sets its story in the period. The costumes, the sets, the locations and the behavior are all flawless..." -- Roger Ebert , (Chicago Sun-Times)
"[A] spirited, a jaunty trifle....It does have its charms." -- Stephanie Zacharek , (Movieline)
"[D]irector Tanya Wexler makes a happy, sexually robust history lesson." -- Grade: A- -- Lisa Schwarzbaum , (Entertainment Weekly)