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The Hairdresser's Husband (1990)

Le mari de la coiffeuse (original title)
Antoine has always been fascinated with a hairdresser's delicate touch, the beguiling perfume and the figure of a woman with an opulent bosom, moreover, he knew that he would marry one, fulfilling his dream of a perfect and idealised love.

Director:

Patrice Leconte
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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:
Jean Rochefort ... Antoine
Anna Galiena ... Mathilde
Roland Bertin Roland Bertin ... Antoine's father
Maurice Chevit Maurice Chevit ... Ambroise Dupré dit Isidore Agopian
Philippe Clévenot Philippe Clévenot ... Morvoisieux
Jacques Mathou ... Julien Gora
Claude Aufaure Claude Aufaure ... Gay Costomer
Albert Delpy ... Donecker
Henry Hocking Henry Hocking ... Antoine - Age 12
Ticky Holgado ... Morvoisieux Son-in-Law
Michèle Laroque ... Adopted Child's Mother
Anne-Marie Pisani ... Madame A. Sheaffer
Pierre Meyrand ... Antoine's Brother
Yveline Ailhaud Yveline Ailhaud ... Antoine's Mother
Julien Bukowski Julien Bukowski ... Gloomy Man
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Storyline

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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Joyously Sexy, Genuinely Erotic. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »

Goofs

When Mathilde shampoos the bearded customer, the hand holding the water sprayer changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Antoine: My father said life was simple, that if you wanted something enough you'd get it... Failure was proof the desire wasn't strong enough.
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Crazy Credits

Opening card:

for Zaza, who will recognize herself. See more »


Soundtracks

Saalouny El Nas
Written by Ziad Rahbani
Performed by Fairuz
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User Reviews

 
I'm A Fan Of Director Leconte
25 June 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See 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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Country:

France

Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

3 October 1990 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hairdresser's Husband See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,217,084

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,217,084
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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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