HYSTERIA is a lighthearted romantic comedy based on the surprising truth of how Dr. Mortimer Granville came up with the world’s first electro-mechanical vibrator. Academy

Award® nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal (CRAZY HEART, NANNY MCPHEE RETURNS) and Hugh Dancy (ADAM, CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC) lead an accomplished cast in this untold tale of Victorian discovery, as a young doctor’s quest to work out the key to women’s happiness leads him to his own.
The time is the 1880’s, the very peak of Victorian prudishness but also the dawn of the electrical age. In London, the brilliant and devoted young doctor, Mortimer Granville (DANCY) has just lost his hospital position for his insistent belief in a new fangled idea called ‘germ theory’ and needs a new job. He finds it with Dr. Robert Dalrymple (JONATHAN PRYCE), London’s “foremost specialist in women’s medicine”. An expert in ‘hysteria’, Dr. Dalrymple is besieged by an alarming epidemic of women suffering from a wide variety of symptoms that include “weeping, nymphomania, frigidity, melancholia, and anxiety”. Luckily, Dalrymple’s ‘manual massage’ cure is shockingly effective.

Watch the trailer HERE

Playing at two movie theatres in Vancouver.