In 1880 pioneering doctor Mortimer Granville,sacked from various hospitals for challenging his superiors' out-moded methods,gets a job with Dr Dalrymple,who relieves female patients' frustrations - or hysteria - with pelvic massages which allow orgasm. The handsome young doctor attracts a large female clientele and gets engaged to Dalrymple's studious younger daughter Emily but after the constant massaging brings on a carpal injury he is sacked. Fortunately an enterprising inventor friend has come up with a power operated feather duster which will soon be transformed into a vibrator and make Mortimer a fortune. Along the way he also realises that his heart really lies with Emily's older sister Charlotte,an outspoken suffragette who runs a home for disadvantaged women in London's East End.
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A comedy about the birth of the vibrator in Victorian England.
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14 December 2011 (France)
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Opening Weekend USA: $35,656,
20 May 2012, Limited Release
Gross USA: $1,800,000, 31 December 2012
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Director 'Tanya Wexler' stated that the hardest shot to get for the movie was of two ducks mating. After filming hundreds of hours of ducks with nothing to show for it, they finally got the shot they needed when someone found a video on YouTube. See more
When Emily is practicing phrenology on Dr. Granville, she is impressed with the "rigid thrombus" on his skull. A thrombus is a blot clot, found in a vessel, not a cranial feature. See more
I truly don't even know why I'm here, doctor.
Well, of course it's difficult running a large household by oneself. And raising four children is exacting, but they're wonderful, wonderful children. And my husband, he's a good man. A very hard worker. Um... Ahem. Well, there is just one thing. Sometimes at night, when he comes to me, I imagine myself splitting his fat bald head with a great large ax.
During the end credits images of several different vibrators throughout history are shown. See more
Waltz No. 1 in E flat major
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Idil Biret See more