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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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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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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

Mathilde: [Letter:] "My love, I'm going before you do. I am going before your desire dies... Then we'd be left with affection alone, and I know that won't be enough... I'm going before I grow unhappy... I go bearing the taste of our embraces, your smell, your look, your kisses... I go with the memory of my loveliest years, the ones you gave me... I kiss you now, so tenderly I'll die of it... I have always loved you... I have loved only you... I'm going so you never forget me... Mathilde."
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Crazy Credits

Opening card:

for Zaza, who will recognize herself. See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: The Best Films of 1992 (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Saalouny El Nas
Written by Ziad Rahbani
Performed by Fairuz
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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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Country:

France

Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

3 October 1990 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,217,084

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,217,084
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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