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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.


Patrice Leconte
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »




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


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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Sexier Than A Dozen ''Basic Instincts''. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »

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


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


Antoine: I was around 12. I loved going to the barber's. In our town there was a barber shop for men only... run by a beautiful Alsatian woman... the lovely Mrs. Sheaffer. She had few clients, so you didn't need an appointment. She had no husband but many lovers. I adored going there. When I opened the door, a wonderful smell flooded my nostrils, a mixture of lotion, hair spray, rose water, shampoo... It was intoxicating... The most extraordinary smell of all was her own. She had red hair and a ...
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Mille Baisers à Paco, Elle Sait Pourquoi. See more »


Saalouny El Nas
Written by Ziad Rahbani
Performed by Fairuz
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Married to the hairdresser
30 April 2006 | by jotix100See 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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3 October 1990 (France) See more »

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