Hysteria – Trailer

Hysteria starring Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rupert Everett, is billed as a supposedly hilarious, historical-based comedy. At a time when women diagnosed with hysteria were treated through being brought to the point of orgasm, the film details the invention of the first vibrator.

The film, taking a whimsical, light-hearted approach to a serious issue seems to not only miss out on the possibility of creating a stronger film, but glosses over the very issue of the treatment of hysteria.

For many, this treatment is surely tantamount to sexual abuse: at a time when women were given little option over their lives and advancements in psychological study were only just being made, Hysteria, for me, feels distasteful in the extreme.

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