We've always had a soft spot for Maggie Gyllenhaal, since her co-starring turn opposite brother Jake in 'Donnie Darko,' through 'Secretary' (ahh, yes, 'Secretary'), through 'SherryBaby' and, of course, 'Crazy Heart.' Her next film is Tanya Wexler's 'Hysteria,' a British romantic comedy about the invention of the vibrator in Victorian England that will unspool at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.
Gyllenhaal stars opposite Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce, Rupert Everett, Ashley Jensen, Sheridan Smith, Gemma Jones, Felicity Jones and Anna Chancellor.
You can check out the new trailer alter the jump, but first let's take a look at the word "hysteria." "Hysteria" is an uncontrollable outburst of emotion or fear, often characterized by irrationality, laughter, weeping, etc. Its etymology: It was originally defined as a neurotic condition peculiar to women and thought to be caused by a dysfunction of the uterus. By the 19th century, hysteria came to be defined as a more generalized sexual dysfunction that could be treated by massaging the patient's genitalia by the physician and, later, by vibrators or water sprays to cause orgasm. Now -- after the official synopsis -- you're prepared for the clip.
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy star in this cheeky romantic comedy about the invention of the vibrator. Victorian London is brought to life in vivid colour as a young doctor (Dancy) struggles to establish himself while confronting the gutsy daughter of his boss (Gyllenhaal). Rupert Everett and Felicity Jones play supporting roles.