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The Hairdresser's Husband (1990)

Le mari de la coiffeuse (original title)
Antoine, has always been fascinated with hairdressers, and this story is the embodiment of the wishful thinking of a young boy dreaming to marry a hairdresser and the fulfillment of a perfect, idealized love.


Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roland Bertin ...
Antoine's father
Maurice Chevit ...
Ambroise Dupré dit Isidore Agopian
Philippe Clévenot ...
Julien Gora
Claude Aufaure ...
Gay Costomer
Henry Hocking ...
Antoine - Age 12
Morvoisieux Son-in-Law
Adopted Child's Mother
Madame A. Sheaffer
Antoine's Brother
Yveline Ailhaud ...
Antoine's Mother
Julien Bukowski ...
Gloomy Man


Twelve-year-old Antoine falls profoundly in love with a voluptuous but suicidal hairdresser, a formative experience he never forgets. Much later in life, he seeks to repeat his romance by marrying Mathilde - also voluptuous and also a hairdresser - with whom he forms an intimate and consuming relationship in an attempt to blot out the miseries of this world from their lives. Written by Jasha

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A Glorious Realisation Of Too Perfect Love And A Tingling Examination Of Sensuality. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »





Release Date:

3 October 1990 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Hairdresser's Husband  »

Box Office


$1,200,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Mathilde shampoos the bearded customer, the hand holding the water sprayer changes between shots. See more »


Mathilde: [Lettre:] Mon amour, je m'en vais avant que tu t'en ailles. Je m'en vais avant que tu ne me désires plus, parce que alors il ne nous restera que la tendresse et je sais que ça ne sera pas suffisant. Je m'en vais avant d'être malheureuse. Je m'en vais en apportant le goût de nos étreintes, en apportant ton odeur, ton regard, tes baisers. Je m'en vais en apportant les souvenirs des plus belles années de ma vie, celles que tu m'as données. Je t'embrasse longuement, jusqu'à mourrir. Je t'ai toujours...
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Mille Baisers à Paco, Elle Sait Pourquoi. See more »


Referenced in Intimate Strangers (2004) See more »

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A minimalist Lovestory of Breathtaking Beauty
5 January 2002 | by (amsterdam) – See all my reviews

The odeurs, the warm light, the caresses, the soft looks (and the music of course) makes you feel like discovering an unknown chapter of the Arabian Nights, even though we never leave the South of France.

Like in all fairy-tales time doesn't really mean much in this story ... untill it is too late and the world steps in, heart-stopping, mind-boggling; than the Hairdressers husband turns the cave of Ali Baba into his own pyramid, pushing us, the viewers, out. Tremendous Film !!

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