Hysteria (2011)

Hysteria
Director: Tanya Wexler
Writer: Stephen Dyer, Jonah Lisa Dyer
Cast: Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jonathan Pryce, Felicity Jones, Rupert Everett

Plot:
Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) is a doctor who believes in germs and modern medicine which sets him at odds with the rest of the medical establishment at the time. So he is more than happy when he finds a job with Dr. Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce), the resident expert in treating hysteria (by vaginal massage). Dalrymple also has two daughters – Emily (Felicity Jones) who is basically the ideal woman of the time and Charlotte (Maggie Gyllenhaal), her complete opposite who is more interested in the shelter she runs than being a good wife to anyone. Mortimer soon finds that treating women for hysteria generally takes it out of him and his wrist. But then his friend Edmund St. John-Smythe (Rupert Everett) invents something that changes all their lives: the vibrator.

Hysteria is sweet and funny, but also very by the numbers. Nevertheless, coated around the formulaic structure there’s a lot of charm that makes the film very enjoyable.

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Our Idiot Brother (2011)

Our Idiot Brother
Director: Jesse Peretz
Writer: Evgenia Peretz, David Schisgall
Cast: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Emily Mortimer, Zooey Deschanel, Adam Scott, Steve Coogan, Rashida Jones, Kathryn Hahn, T.J. Miller, Hugh Dancy

Plot:
Ned (Paul Rudd) is an extremely nice guy. He’s so nice, he’s actually stupid and so it happens that he sells dope to a policeman in uniform who tells him that he just had a rough day. When Ned’s released from prison, he falls back into the lives of his sisters Miranda (Elizabeth Banks) – who tries to get her break as a journalist, Liz (Emily Mortimer) – who just tries to make her marriage with documentary film maker Dylan (Steve Coogan) work and Natalie (Zooey Deschanel) – who tries to get her stand-up career going, lovingly supported by her girlfriend Cindy (Rashida Jones). As Ned attempts to get back on his feet, he waltzes through his sisters’ lives and makes a mess of everything – with the best intentions.

I was not going to see this film because I knew that I would not like it. But my mom, gran and sister took me anyway and it was honestly not as bad as I thought it would be. But that still doesn’t mean that it was any good.

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Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

Martha Marcy May Marlene
Director: Sean Durkin
Writer: Sean Durkin
Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, Hugh Dancy, John Hawkes
Part of: Viennale

Plot:
Martha (Elizabeth Olsen) has been living with a sect for the past two years when she breaks free and returns to her sister Lucy (Sarah Paulson) and her fiancĂ© Ted (Hugh Dancy). But just leaving the cult doesn’t get rid of Martha’s scars. So she slowly and painfully starts the process of getting reacquainted with society as we know it.

Martha Marcy May Marlene is an excellent and really, really scary movie. Only the ending can’t keep up with the rest of the film and is a bit disappointing.

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