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 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

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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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I'm A Fan Of Director Leconte
25 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Being a Patrice Leconte-directed film, you know this is going to be nicely photographed with a lot of Sergio Leone-type facial closeups. I always appreciate that, and especially here when it is the beautiful face of Anna Galiena featured often. Some of the "portraits" of her in here would make magnificent paintings.

The story isn't much but it kept my interest in an odd way. The film had some strange scenes and some strange viewpoints on life, although I noticed much of the same secular and superstitious liberalness in many films from France. Unfortunately, that secular viewpoint can lead to tragic endings as is the case in this story which finished in a shocking manner.

However, there is some nice humor in this drama, too, such as the funny dance scenes by Jean Rochefort.

One thing about French films: they don't need a lot of action to keep your interest. They are wonderful storytellers and I usually enjoy their films, despite their odd philosophies on life.

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