A romantic comedy wrapped around the surprising story of the first electro-mechanical vibrator, invented by happenstance at a time when the very peak of Victorian prudishness coincided with the dawn of the electrical age.

“Hysteria” is a tale of a cautious man (Dancy) and a liberated woman (Gyllenhaal) brought together by the wonders of friction.

Second ‘Hysteria’ Trailer

Who invented the female massager? Those questions are all answered in the new period comedy Hysteria, from director Tanya Wexler. Watch as stars Hugh Dancy and Maggie Gyllenhaal set out to invent a revolutionary pleasure device in the Victorian era, then check out the latest U.S. 1-Sheet.

Hysteria was released May 18th, 2012.

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‘Hysteria’ Lands at Sony Pictures Classics

Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all US and South African rights to Hysteria. The film is directed by Tanya Wexler from a script by the team of Stephen Dyer and Jonah Lisa Dyer. A trio of women produced Hysteria - Forthcoming Films' Sarah Curtis (Mansfield Park, Her Majesty Mrs Brown), Informant Media's Judy Cairo (Crazy Heart), and Beachfront Films' Tracey Becker (Finding Neverland).

The film stars Academy Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart, Nanny McPhee Returns) and Hugh Dancy (Adam, Confessions of a Shopaholic) alongside Jonathan Pryce, Rupert Everett, and Felicity Jones and had its World Premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

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‘Hysteria’ Trailer

The Toronto International Film Festival has debuted the first trailer for Hysteria, which makes its world premiere at the festival next month. Click on the video below for your first look at this true-life drama about the invention of the vibrator, which stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, and Rupert Everett.

Hysteria was released May 18th, 2012.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy Have ‘Hysteria’

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy are set to star in the indie romantic comedy Hysteria, centered on the invention of the vibrator in Victorian-era England, according to Variety.

Penned by Stephen Dyer and Jonah Lisa Dyer, Hysteria is directed by Tanya Wexler. Jonathan Pryce and Rupert Everett have already been signed to co-star.

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