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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

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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Taglines:

A Glorious Realisation Of Too Perfect Love And A Tingling Examination Of Sensuality. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

3 October 1990 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,155,800
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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: Dance with me...
Mathilde: I don't know how to dance to this music.
Antoine: Neither do I... So? Close your eyes, tell yourself no one is looking at you... Come on... See how easy it is?... Someday... I'll buy a lottery ticket. Just one. Of course I'll win the jackpot... We'll cruise down the Nile, dancing on the deck of a paddle boat from morning to night, watching the sun go down behind the Pyramids!
Mathilde: Hold me tight, Antoine, with all your might!... Crush my breasts so tight I can't breathe!... I'm scared that ...
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Mille Baisers à Paco, Elle Sait Pourquoi. See more »

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Delightfully Melancholy Fable
7 August 2004 | by WriterDaveSee all my reviews

The French are the masters of melancholy. I don't think I've ever been more pleased by sadness than after watching this beautiful film. A little boy obsesses over his hairdresser as a child and then finally fulfills his fantasy nearly forty years later when he marries a stunningly gorgeous owner of a barber shop on a whim. The story is simple, and though it may leave some viewers wanting more in terms of character development, it will play well if you see it as a fable. The two are madly in love with each other and their whole life revolves around the barber shop and their customers. Quirky humor, insightful observances about everyday life and people's behavior, and superb photography (especially of the luminous actress playing the hairdresser) make this a highly enjoyable film to watch. This is a wonderful look at how lust can grow into love, and how love can turn tragic and then hopeful again. Bravo to director Leconte. C'est la vie!


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