Romantic comedy and true story about how Dr. Mortimer Granville invented the world's first electromechanical vibrator in 1880 Britain as a cure for female hysteria.
Young physician Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy, Martha Marcy May Marlene) is too forward-thinking for the medical orthodoxy, and ends up being kicked out of hospital work. Granville finds himself in the employ of Dr. Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce, Evita), a specialist who takes a hands-on approach to 'curing' his patients of severe hysterical symptoms such as unhappiness and boredom.
Unsurprisingly Dalrymple's proto-feminist daughter Charlotte (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Secretary) rubbishes the very idea of hysteria, along with most 19th Century ideas about women. Her free-thinking ways challenge and appeal to Granville, who's starting to wonder why he's putting such a strain on his wrist applying the therapeutical procedures. One day he makes a chance discovery thanks to budding electrical inventor Lord Edmund St. John-Smythe (Rupert Everett, My Best Friend's Wedding), and hey, presto - good vibrations.
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