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'Hysteria' 2012 romantic comedy about invention of vibrator for women

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The film, “Hysteria” (Sony Pictures Classics) was released on May 18, 2012. It grabbed $1,804,139 at the U.S box office. It reached $7,700,000 at the Foreign box office. The worldwide total has climbed to $9,504,139. You can own the romantic comedy on BluRay & DVD. Plus, you can digital download it at “Amazon.”

Hysteria” stars, Hugh Dancy (Mortimer Granville), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Charlotte Dalrymple), Jonathan Pryce (Dr. Robert Dalrymple), Felicity Jones (Emily Dalrymple) & Rupert Everett (Edmund St. John-Smythe).

According to the press release of “Hysteria.” The word was known in London, England circa 1880 as - “1). Historically, a medical disorder marked by excitability, irritability, misbehavior and emotional extremes, occurring mainly in women. 2). A burst of hilarity.” Victorian age women who suffered from extreme hysteria were sent to mental institutions. By the 1950's, the word was abolished.

The film opens with women talking to a doctor who seem to be suffering from hysteria. They're rich housewives who have sexual thoughts or frustration. Dr. Dalrymple treats half the women in London for hysteria. A young & handsome doctor named Mortimer walks into Dalrymple's office seeking employment. He is a progressive who wants to push medical practice into the future.

Dalrymple explains hysteria to Mortimer & lets him take part in a session with an older female suffering from it. Her legs are spread apart & lifted into the air under her dress. Dalrymple demonstrates how he uses his hand to stimulate the female genitals to the point of what the doctor calls, “the paroxysm.” Mortimer writes notes in the session as the older female takes 30 minutes to reach paroxysm & it is earth shattering. She no longer has frustrating thoughts.

Mortimer becomes Dalrymple's partner. He uses his youthful hand to stimulate women who suffer from hysteria. His appointment book fills up as women come in eagerly to lift up their dresses for the handsome doctor. Mortimer soon cannot use his hand because of cramping. He can't cure all the women anymore. An opera singer complains to Dalrymple & Mortimer is fired from his job.

Mortimer was promised in marriage to Dalrymple's youngest daughter. However, he is attracted to the oldest daughter Charlotte because she is a feminist. They both think on the same level with progressive ideas toward medicine & women. Mortimer visits his inventor friend & both discover that they can turn an electronic feather duster into a massager for women. They use it on a former prostitute who has three exploding proxysms in less than 5 minutes. She states, “It knows what a girl asks for.”

The feather duster is renamed as it goes portable, curing London women of hysteria. It is revolutionary. Does Mortimer end up with Charlotte or the youngest sister? Why does the police charge Charlotte with extreme hysteria? Do they give the portable to the Queen of England?

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