The Hairdresser's Husband
The Hairdresser's Husband (French: Le Mari de la coiffeuse), a 1990 French comedy drama film written by Patrice Leconte and Claude Klotz, and directed by Leconte. Jean Rochefort stars as the title character. Anna Galiena co-stars.
|Le Mari de la coiffeuse|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Patrice Leconte|
|Produced by||Thierry de Ganay|
|Written by||Patrice Leconte and Claude Klotz|
|Starring||Jean Rochefort and Anna Galiena|
|Music by||Michael Nyman|
|Edited by||Joëlle Hache|
|Box office||$2.71 million|
The film begins with a flashback from the titular character, Antoine. We are introduced to his fixation with female hairdressers which began at a young age. The film uses flashbacks throughout and there are frequent parallels drawn with the past. Though Antoine tells Mathilde that 'the past is dead', his life is evidence that on some level the past repeats itself. As a young boy he fantasised about a hairdresser who committed suicide and as a man in his 50s he begins an affair with a hairdresser which ends after ten years in her suicide. However, there are differences: Mathilde commits suicide because she is so happy she is afraid of the happiness she has found with Antoine ending.
We are unsure what Antoine has done with his life; we know, however, that he has fulfilled his childhood ambition: to marry a hairdresser. The reality proves to be every bit as wonderful as the fantasy and the two enjoy an enigmatic, enclosed and enchanting relationship. The final sequence shows Antoine, in the salon, dancing to Eastern music just as he has done throughout his life. His last line is the enigmatic comment that the hairdresser will return.
- Jean Rochefort as Antoine
- Anna Galiena as Mathilde
- Roland Bertin as Antoine's father
- Maurice Chevit as Ambroise Dupré dit Isidore Agopian
- Jacques Mathou as Mr. Chardon
- Philippe Clévenot as Morvoisieux
- Anne-Marie Pisani as Madame Shaeffer
- Albert Delpy as Donecker
- Michèle Laroque as Adopted Child's Mother
The film received the 1990 Prix Louis Delluc which it shared with Le Petit Criminel by Jacques Doillon. American film critic Roger Ebert added this to his "Great Movies" list on January 27, 2010. The film was nominated for the Grand Prix of the Belgian Syndicate of Cinema Critics.
|The Hairdresser's Husband|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||September 21, 1992|
|Label||Soundtrack Listeners Communications|
|Michael Nyman chronology|
The soundtrack was composed by Michael Nyman and also contains a great deal of Middle Eastern popular music. It was first released as an album in Japan by Soundtrack Listeners Communications (SLC) September 21, 1992 and has subsequently been released elsewhere.