A bereaved young man falls in love with a shop assistant he glimpses in a window and secretly tries to get to know her better.

Director:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Just a Sigh (2013)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Alix and Doug were not supposed to meet, but they did. Alix was on a train bound for Paris where she was going to audition for a film, having just left Calais where she had performed in an ... See full summary »

Director: Jérôme Bonnell
Stars: Emmanuelle Devos, Gabriel Byrne, Gilles Privat
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A portrait of a woman, composed of 17 moments from her life.

Director: Christophe Honoré
Stars: Béatrice Dalle, Romain Duris, Jeanne Balibar
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Lille, France. The affairs between a young couple living a tense period of their relationship, and a long term friend of theirs who cannot decide which one she likes the most.

Director: Jérôme Bonnell
Stars: Anaïs Demoustier, Félix Moati, Sophie Verbeeck
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Aurélien and Argine have never been able to leave each other. Brother and sister, they have always lived together. Aurélien secretly makes ends meet for them by dealing in stolen metal. One night, his accomplice Simon suddenly arrives.

Director: Jérôme Bonnell
Stars: Malik Zidi, Florence Loiret Caille, Marc Barbé
Déjà mort (1998)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An ambitious young woman meets a group of affluent and feckless guys and together they plan to break into the pornographic industry with her as their star.

Director: Olivier Dahan
Stars: Romain Duris, Benoît Magimel, Zoé Félix
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Jewish tailor Albert (Abkarian) and his wife Lea (Breitman) are reestablishing their business in 1946 Paris. Albert hires six people, more than he needs to meet current slow season demand, ... See full summary »

Director: Michel Deville
Stars: Simon Abkarian, Zabou Breitman, Vincent Elbaz
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The main character is a bookkeeper, 40, who lives a quiet, uninteresting life with her husband and son of school age. She realizes that soon she won't be needed much at home as the boy ... See full summary »

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi
Stars: Maja Komorowska, Piotr Fronczewski, Marek Piwowski
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A 13-year old boy who lives with his single sick mom in a trailer near the beach, comes in contact with the father he never knew when the man performs as a conductor at the local music theater.

Director: Alix Delaporte
Stars: Romain Paul, Clotilde Hesme, Grégory Gadebois
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Antoine Sforza, a thirty-year-old young man, left his village ten years before in order to start a new life in the big city, but now that his father, a traveling grocer, is in hospital ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Guirado
Stars: Nicolas Cazalé, Clotilde Hesme, Daniel Duval
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Jérôme Bonnell
Stars: Nathalie Boutefeu, Marc Citti, Judith Rémy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A study of loneliness, love, and imperfect relationships.

Director: Jérôme Bonnell
Stars: Éric Caravaca, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Emmanuelle Devos
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A man invites a woman to share his room in a hostel and gradually falls in love with her.

Director: Raymond Depardon
Stars: Françoise Prenant
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Julien
Nathalie Boutefeu ...
Alice
Florence Loiret Caille ...
Emma (as Florence Loiret-Caille)
Serge Riaboukine ...
Gilles
Marc Citti ...
Pascal
Antoine Goldet ...
Basile
Valérie Stroh ...
Nicole
...
Marion
Jean-Michel Portal ...
Grégoire
...
Yves
Fabrice Cals ...
Ludovic
Isabelle Ungaro ...
Pascal's wife
Delphine Rollin ...
Olga, la libraire
...
Gregoires brother
Judith Rémy ...
La barmaid
Edit

Storyline

A bereaved young man falls in love with a shop assistant he glimpses in a window and secretly tries to get to know her better.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

28 August 2002 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Le chignon d'Olga  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Features The Circus (1928) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
charming film
3 November 2007 | by (Northern California) – See all my reviews

Like a previous commenter, I, too didn't know where the film was going,but was glad I stuck with it. I found Bonnell's story deceptively simple. It basically tells of Julien's obsession with Olga, a beautiful clerk at a bookstore whom he fantasizes about seducing. Once he realizes that she is a wife and mother, his obsession is exorcized and that Alice, a very close friend, is, in fact, the perfect woman for him. But the story is much more complex than that. Every character has some personal demon that their fighting with, but at the same time have people around them who care. and in the end, problems are not really solved, no dreams are fulfilled, the characters just continue to live with their pain but are able to deal with it because they have people around who love them.

I like the ending, as in the beginning, where we hear julien's piano playing. It signifies to the audience that life, as Bonnell sees it, is not a continuous flow, it's a series of stop.. starts... Emotions are fickle.. People do and say stupid things, fantasies fester and become paralyzing, the pot is stirred, and basically all you can do is wait it out until the pot boils over, than you can continue on with life.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Le chignon d'Olga (2002) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?