Marshall Fine: Movie Review: Hysteria

Interesting the difference a few months can make.

When I saw Tanya Wexler's Hysteria last fall at the Toronto Film Festival, I enjoyed it for its perspective on how far we've come in terms of our attitudes toward women having control over their own bodies.

Eight months later, Hysteria, a charming comedy to be sure, suddenly feels dramatically relevant to current events -- particularly the right wing's attacks on women's reproductive rights. When Maggie Gyllenhaal, as a forward-thinking woman in 1880 London, voices her belief that, in the not too distant future, women will be able to have the final say about their own welfare, you listen and think, "Hmmm, apparently not yet, as far as some people are concerned." Read More...


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