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HYSTERIA

by Tanya Wexler

synopsis

Mortimer Granville is a brilliant young doctor; he takes modern science as seriously as he does his solemn Hippocratic Oath. Unfortunately, his rigour goes unappreciated by most of his peers. They dismiss Dr. Granville’s enthusiasm for what they deem fadish new ideas — ideas such as his “germ theory.” Mortimer is nearly ready to give up on medicine altogether when he meets Dr. Robert Dalrymple, London’s “foremost specialist in women’s medicine.” That lofty title means that Dalrymple is an expert in “hysteria,” a mal­aise diagnosed so liberally that Dalrymple hypothesizes at least half the city’s women are sufferers. To ease these patients’ stress, he has developed a form of therapy that involves the careful manual stimula­tion of a certain female body part. In this period of sexual repression, it never occurs to Dalrymple that these housewives are experiencing something more basic and natural than a mysterious epidemic of insanity: horniness.

international title: Hysteria
original title: Hysteria
country: United Kingdom, France, Germany, Luxembourg
sales agent: Elle Driver
year: 2011
genre: fiction
directed by: Tanya Wexler
film run: 95'
release date: SE 25/11/2011, NL 08/12/2011, FR 14/12/2011, FI 16/12/2011, DE 22/12/2011, NO 25/12/2011, LT 10/02/2012, BE 22/02/2012, IT 24/02/2012, PL 02/03/2012, ES 15/06/2012, GR 26/07/2012, SI 02/08/2012, IE 21/09/2012, UK 21/09/2012
screenplay: Stephen Dyer, Jonah Lisa Dyer
cast: Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jonathan Pryce, Rupert Everett, Felicity Jones
cinematography by: Sean Bobbit
film editing: Jon Gregory
art director: Sophie Becher
music: Gast Waltzing, Christian Henson
producer: Sarah Curtis, Judy Cairo, Tracey Becker
production: Informant Media, Forthcoming Productions
distributor: Paradiso Entertainment BV, Haut et Court, Senator Filmverleih, Bim Distribuzione, Paradiso Filmed Entertainment Belgique, Praesens Film AG, Vértigo Films, Feelgood Entertainment, AQS A.S
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