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Mommy Is at the Hairdresser's (2008)
"Maman est chez le coiffeur" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  2 May 2008 (Canada)
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Summer 1966. It's time to enjoy the summer holiday, total freedom. Teenage Élise discovers that the sudden departure of her mother completely disrupts the family. Her brother Coco seeks ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marianne Fortier ...
Élise Gauvin
Élie Dupuis ...
Hugo St-Onge-Paquin ...
Le Père
Céline Bonnier ...
La Mère - Simone Gauvin
Monsieur Mouche
Maxime Desjardins-Tremblay ...
Julien Carpentier-Roberge ...
Aliocha Schneider ...
Benjamin Chouinard ...
Antoine Desrochers ...
Lenie Scoffié ...
La Grand-Mère
Kathleen Fortin ...
Madame Corbeil
Paule Ducharme ...
Madame Paradis
Gaston Lepage ...
Le Pécheur


Summer 1966. It's time to enjoy the summer holiday, total freedom. Teenage Élise discovers that the sudden departure of her mother completely disrupts the family. Her brother Coco seeks solace in the garage, building a super racing car. Her youngest brother Benoît throws himself into his own inner world. The father seems absolutely knocked out by the situation. Élise decides to take control of her family, in an eloquent attempt to save them. With the assistance of flourishing nature around her, she stands on the threshold of an incomparable summer. Written by Warsaw Film Festival

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bittersweet film
1 March 2009 | by (Northern California) – See all my reviews

This was a very good surprise movie. I saw it at Cineqest, a film festival Northern California, walking in blindly without knowing much about it. From the title "My Mother is at the Hairdresser's" I was expecting a light comedy. Though there are comic moments in the film, the movie really is a coming of age film. Set in the early 70's, in an idyllic setting, the film deals many issues that all families deal with, marriage problems, education, prejudice, isolation, but also is able to look at the bright side of life, young love, community bonding, etc., and looks at them in a very honest way.

The real find is Marianne Fortier, who plays the eldest daughter Elise. We see the film mostly through her eyes, and feel deep sympathy for her as she deals with a family breaking apart, a younger brother, whom she loves, being taken away. We see her cry very deep tears, yet hear her laughter throughout this wonderful film.

I'm really becoming quite fond of French Canadian cinema.This film, like so many others are filled with wonderful scenes of people being in nature, modern life being lived in very beautiful, natural settings. I'm reminded of many wonderful films, The Decline of the American Empire and The Barbarian Invasions, Seducing Dr. Lewis, Strangers in Good Company...and the quintissential Canadian film My Uncle Antoine. This film will enfold you, as all great films do, in its embrace and remind you of what it is to be human.

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