Hysteria, Brienen’s 5th feature film, tells the story of Lara (Dorrepaal), a woman trapped in her own nightmare. After a masked man rapes her, Lara ends up in the castle of a degenerated family and soon becomes the object of torture and humiliation. She tries desperately to find a way to escape her own dreams.
Hysteria is a political horror that addresses topics such as mind manipulation and false reality. Hysteria is certainly the most bizarre cinema experience of the year. The dark film looks like a Richard Kern remake of The Addams Family or a John Waters and Fritz Lang collaboration. The soundtrack is a haunting electro/industrial/classical combination by Hanno Hinkelbein (Null Records/Aeox), IO and Johann Sebastian Bach.