Hysteria is a movie that revolves around the 19th century where England is supposedly stricken with female hysteria. The symptoms of hysteria are depression, rebelliousness, insomnia or just about anything that a man would not want a woman to be. Due to this alarming event that seems to be spreading quickly, young doctor Mortimer Granville played by Hugh Dancy does not want to use any of the primitive medical treatments such as leeches and bloodletting. He then joins the medical practice of a known doctor, Doctor Robert Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce). Dr. Dalrymple specializes in treating women who have emotional distress. Hysteria will present how these doctors are able to find a way to introduce a stress reliving procedure for female hysteria. They will also be able to create an invention that will turn on half of the world.
Even though some critics call Hysteria a mischievously inspired film, there is no doubt that this movie comes with a set of amazing actors. Hysteria presents the Academy Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal (nominated for the movie Crazy Heart) plays the character of Charlotte and Hugh Dancy as Mortimer Granville. These main actors are also joined by Jonathan Pryce as Doctor Dalrymple, Rupert Everett as Edmund St. John-Smythe and Felicity Jones as Emily. Hysteria was first introduced in the 2011 Toronto Film Festival and it was Sony Pictures Classics who won the rights to the film’s distribution in the United States and in Africa. Hysteria is directed by Tanya Wexler with the help of writers Stephen and Jonah Lisa Dyer who based the screenplay on the original works of Howard Gensler. Tanya Wexler also expressed her enthusiasm when Sony Pictures Classics won the rights to the movie. In an interview Wexler said “Hysteria is meant to be both funny and smart. It’s really a movie that says you are in charge of your own happiness,” Wexler said. “Sony Classics is the perfect company to unleash Hysteria into American movie theaters. They understand ‘smart and funny’ movies better than anyone else out there. They are just what the doctor ordered.”
Hysteria is going to be produced by Informant Media, Forthcoming Productions, Beachfront Films, Chimera Films Production and so much more. Hysteria is rated R due to its sexual content and it will be released in theaters on May 18th 2012.
Hysteria definitely created a lot of buzz since it was introduced in the Toronto Film Festival last year. Let’s take a look at some of the opinions of critics in the country.
But it’s impossible to get mad at Wexler’s film. It’s such a simple and good-natured movie that any animosity rolls away and the worst it can do is cause you to roll your eyes. Getting angry at Hysteria would be like getting angry at a Pop Tart. – Collider
Hysteria is most definitely a trifle, but as romantic comedies go, you could do far worse. Considering this country’s recent glut of debate over women’s bodies, perhaps it’s also a timely film. We could all stand a few more freely orgasming women around here. – Culture Blues
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