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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Antoine
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Roland Bertin ...
Antoine's father
Maurice Chevit ...
Ambroise Dupré dit Isidore Agopian
Philippe Clévenot ...
Morvoisieux
Jacques Mathou ...
Julien Gora
Claude Aufaure ...
Gay Costomer
Albert Delpy ...
Donecker
Henry Hocking ...
Antoine - Age 12
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Morvoisieux Son-in-Law
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Adopted Child's Mother
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Madame A. Sheaffer
Pierre Meyrand ...
Antoine's Brother
Yveline Ailhaud ...
Antoine's Mother
Julien Bukowski ...
Gloomy Man
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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 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

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Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »
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$1,200,000 (USA)
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When Mathilde shampoos the bearded customer, the hand holding the water sprayer changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

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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Delightfully Melancholy Fable
7 August 2004 | by (New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

The French are the masters of melancholy. I don't think I've ever been more pleased by sadness than after watching this beautiful film. A little boy obsesses over his hairdresser as a child and then finally fulfills his fantasy nearly forty years later when he marries a stunningly gorgeous owner of a barber shop on a whim. The story is simple, and though it may leave some viewers wanting more in terms of character development, it will play well if you see it as a fable. The two are madly in love with each other and their whole life revolves around the barber shop and their customers. Quirky humor, insightful observances about everyday life and people's behavior, and superb photography (especially of the luminous actress playing the hairdresser) make this a highly enjoyable film to watch. This is a wonderful look at how lust can grow into love, and how love can turn tragic and then hopeful again. Bravo to director Leconte. C'est la vie!


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