The Hairdresser's Husband (1990)
"Le mari de la coiffeuse" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  3 October 1990 (France)
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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 ... See full summary »


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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 ...
Jacques Mathou ...
Julien Gora
Claude Aufaure ...
Gay Costomer
Albert Delpy ...
Henry Hocking ...
Antoine - Age 12
Morvoisieux Son-in-Law
Adopted Child's Mother
Madame A. Sheaffer
Pierre Meyrand ...
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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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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2.35 : 1
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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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Referenced in Intimate Strangers (2004) See more »

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A small gem
3 April 2001 | by (Hattingen) – See all my reviews

I am a little at a loss of words to describe this small gem of a movie. It is very sensual, it is deeply moving, and it is very funny. As a small boy Antoine is asked by his father what he would like to be one day. He answers that he wants to marry a hairdresser ... and he does some fifty years later when he weds Mathilde. Their relationship is an ideal one: warm, affectionate, deeply loving. It brings out the very best in both of them. But Mathilde knows (fears?) that what goes up must come down...

The acting is superb. Very little is actually said but both Jean Rochefort and the Italian actress Anna Galiena speak with their bodies and above all with their faces, and their language surpasses that of words: their superb acting makes it appear easy for an audience to share their emotions and be elevated to similar heights and depths of feelings. If only all films would manipulate our emotions in such a subtle and gratifying way. First rate!

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