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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Married to the hairdresser
30 April 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Antoine's love for women is clear, something that began in his young days. He must have his hair cut by the plump woman hairdresser whose mere presence inspires awe and passion in the little boy. Getting close to her breasts is just pure ecstasy for him. He is the best groomed boy in his town thanks to the frequent visits he pays to have his hair cut.

When Antoine grows up, the old hairdresser has gone. In her place, the lovely Mathilde arrives. Antoine's first encounter with Mathilde is not exactly one that would endear himself to the young woman, who is lovely in a mysterious way that is music to him. Eventually, they marry and seem to live a good life until fate intervenes to separate them in a way Antoine didn't envisioned.

This lovely comedy directed with great charm by Patrice Leconte is a joy to watch. The director was lucky in engaging one of the best French film comedians, Jean Rochefort. As Antoine, he is the best thing in this tender story of love and loss. Anna Galiena who plays Mathilde is perfect. Both actors are amazing in the film.

"The Hairdresser's Husband" is an enjoyable love story that will please fans of Mr. Rochefort and Mr. Leconte.

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