The Hairdresser's Husband

  • 1992
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama, Romance

THE HAIRDRESSER'S HUSBAND is another tale of obsessive love from director Patrice Leconte (MONSIEUR HIRE). Ever since an erotic childhood experience with his barber, Antoine (Jean Rochefort) has had a single ambition in life: to marry a hairdresser. He finally meets the shampoo girl of his dreams, Mathilde (Anna Galiena), who centers her life entirely around...read more

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THE HAIRDRESSER'S HUSBAND is another tale of obsessive love from director Patrice Leconte (MONSIEUR HIRE).

Ever since an erotic childhood experience with his barber, Antoine (Jean Rochefort) has had a single ambition in life: to marry a hairdresser. He finally meets the shampoo girl of his dreams, Mathilde (Anna Galiena), who centers her life entirely around a barber shop she has inherited. The two

marry and live in a state of erotic bliss, until Mathilde's obsessive fear of losing Antoine's love begins to unravel the relationship.

THE HAIRDRESSER'S HUSBAND is a realistically told fable, creating a tension between style and content that grows as Mathilde's initial romanticism begins to seem more like a phobic fear of the world outside her shop. Never has love-soaked indolence seemed so attractive in a movie as it does here.

Rochefort's Antoine is an avid devourer of the minutiae of life, while Galiena's Mathilde is like the answer to a sensualist's prayer--a woman of dark, earthy beauty living only to be loved, and living in terror of the day when she might be loved no more. Leconte understands the intoxicating

powers of love, but he also understands what happens when we wake from our erotic reveries. And that is what makes a film as slight as this seem like a story for the ages, a rapturous epic of the heart that is gripping and unforgettable.

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  • Released: 1992
  • Rating: R
  • Review: THE HAIRDRESSER'S HUSBAND is another tale of obsessive love from director Patrice Leconte (MONSIEUR HIRE). Ever since an erotic childhood experience with his barber, Antoine (Jean Rochefort) has had a single ambition in life: to marry a hairdresser. He fi… (more)

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