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INDIE WIRE Hysteria Review

INDIE WIRE Hysteria Review

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“H
ysteria” Is a Smart and Riotous
Comedy that Puts Recent R
-
Rated
Humor to Shame
 
“Your thrombus is the key to your future,” we are warned by one of the many memorablepersonalities in
“Hysteria.”
There’s a sentence you don’t hear very often. It’s part of phrenology, the study of skull patterns to determine personality and other unexpectedthings. It’s also entirely ridiculous, but was just as highly regarded in the late 19thcentury as the medical usefulness of leeches. If you focus on the constant typhus andcholera epidemics of pre-germ theory Europe, you’re liable to get depressed. If, on theother hand, you concentrate on the total absurdity of pre-modern scientific ideas there’s agood chance you’ll collapse into hysterics.Director Tanya Wexler and writers Stephen Dyer and Jonah Lisa Dyer take fulladvantage, giving us a truly hilarious look at the oppressive scientific ideas that used tosurround female sexuality. The based-on-true-events story is that of Dr. MortimerGranville (
Hugh Dancy
), who is having trouble finding work in the squalor of London’sold-fashioned hospitals (which are portrayed with the dark sensibility of “Monty Pythonand the Holy Grail”). He finally ends up working for Dr. Robert Dalrymple (Jonathan

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