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Rated R · 99 minutes · 2012

In Victorian London circa 1880, a young doctor named Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) causes a sensation when he develops the world’s first “electric personal massager,” aka vibrator, as a means of alleviating his female patients’ “nagging thoughts.” But this intelligent comic drama has another dimension beyond the “tired finger” titillation. Granville becomes intrigued with his employer’s headstrong daughter, a feminist socialist named Charlotte (Maggie Gyllenhaal) who directs the doctor’s attention to the have-nots that can’t afford to mend their broken bones, let alone arrange a machine-inspired orgasm. Under the direction of Tanya Wexler, the screenplay – a true story embellished by writers Stephen Dyer, Jonah Lisa Dyer, and Howard Gensler – gets just the right combination of ribald-but-genteel laughs and social import, with sterling character support by Jonathan Pryce, Felicity Jones, Rupert Everett, and Sheridan Smith as various Londoners, high and low. (95 min.)

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Director: Tanya Wexler
Producer: Sarah Curtis, Judy Cairo, Tracey Becker, Michael Simpsons, Eric Brenner, Ken Atchity, Sandra Siegel, Leo Joseph, Nathalie Joseph, Mark Kress, Hakan Kousetta, Claudia Blumhuber, Florian Dargel, Peter Fudakowski and Stephen Dyer
Cast: Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jonathan Pryce, Felicity Jones, Rupert Everett, Sheridan Smith, Kim Criswell, Elisabet Johannesdottir, Ashley Jensen, Gemma Jones, Anna Chancellor, Malcolm Rennie and Georgie Glen



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