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In the film Hysteria, Hugh Dancy plays Mortimer Granville, a dedicated young scientist in 1880s London who practices a new way to intimately treat women for “hysteria.” Under the guidance of Dr. Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce), a man who takes his practice of massaging women’s private areas very seriously, Dancy’s scientist falls for the doctor’s daughters Emily (played by Felicity Jones) and the fiery Charlotte (Maggie Gyllenhaal). When his hand gets tired of treating hysteria, Granville helps discover the world’s first vibrator.

I sat down with director Tanya Wexler to discuss her film, the truth behind Maggie Gyllenhaal’s character Charlotte, and why we’re all so hysterical for period entertainment like “Downton Abbey.”

Hysteria opens May 25 in limited Chicago theaters.

It’s fitting that your mom is here, as this is kind of a movie you could see with your mom.

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- Nick Allen

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