A Victorian film about the invention of vibrators? It might seem like an unlikely pairing, but Tanya Wexler's new British comedy Hysteria is about just that. The movie, which premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival this September, centers around two doctors (Hugh Dancy and Rupert Everett) who are on a mission to find the cure for "hysterical" females and find the device that can relieve the source of their deepest tensions.
Before you get reasonlessly riled up, let us be the first to warn you: You are not about to see Maggie Gyllenhaal's O face (she'll be playing the doctor's daughter). But you will be seeing tightly-wound old women. In stirrups. Who, in case you were wondering, apparently have orgasms in a glass-shattering falsetto (we've got a singer!).
Hysteria? Is that what they were calling it back in the day? Nowadays we just call it good old fashioned "sexual frustration."