Hairdresser's Husband

Overview

Erotic, funny, and very French, this film relies heavily on the critically-acclaimed performance of Jean Rochefort. As a child, Antoine Rochefort was obsessed with the ample beautician who cut his hair, and since then, his single ambition in life has been to marry a hairdresser. As an adult, Antoine meets a woman Anna Galiena who seems to be the perfect incarnation of his childhood fantasies. He promptly marries her, then spends most of his daylight hours sitting in her shop, watching her every move. They are so ...
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Overview

Erotic, funny, and very French, this film relies heavily on the critically-acclaimed performance of Jean Rochefort. As a child, Antoine Rochefort was obsessed with the ample beautician who cut his hair, and since then, his single ambition in life has been to marry a hairdresser. As an adult, Antoine meets a woman Anna Galiena who seems to be the perfect incarnation of his childhood fantasies. He promptly marries her, then spends most of his daylight hours sitting in her shop, watching her every move. They are so crazy in love that some days they close up early to be alone. As time passes the shop becomes their entire world.
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Special Features

Leconte on Leconte part 1- featurette with director Patrice Leconte; The Hairdresser's Recollections-featurette with star Anna Galiena
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
Patrice Leconte's bittersweet romance is modestly proportioned with an economical prologue rooting Antoine's erotic obsession with women who can cut and shampoo his hair in a specific series of episodes from his youth, followed by one of the briefest (but amazingly believable) courtships in movie history, followed by a deliriously happy marriage, and then a wrap-up that observant viewers can see coming a mile away. Jean Rochefort, as the sad-eyed, placid Antoine, makes a wonderful observer, and as his main observee, Anna Galiena throws off the requisite sexual sparks without losing a certain kind of demureness. Leconte's use of overhead shots inside the barber shop offers another layer to the narrative; though this is a first-person film all the way, with Antoine offering voice-overs all the way through the story, we are offered a view of events he could never have. This sets up a satisfying final shot. Though Leconte has gone on to make more ambitious films (Ridicule, The Girl on the Bridge), this film still stands as his most perfectly realized and executed work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/2009
  • UPC: 891635001483
  • Original Release: 1990
  • Rating:

  • Source: Severin
  • Region Code: 1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 1:22:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 34,829

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean Rochefort Antoine
Anna Galiena Mathilde
Roland Bertin Antoine's Father
Henry Hocking Antoine-Age 12
Maurice Chevit Agopian
Philippe Clevenot Morvoisieux
Jacque Mathou Mr. Chardon
Ticky Holgado Morvoisieux Son-in-Law
Yveline Ailhaud Antoine's Mother
Claude Aufaure Gay Customer
Julien Bukowski Gloomy Man
Albert Delpy Donecker
Youssef Hamid Tunisian Customer
Michèle Laroque Adopted Child's Mother
Pierre Meyrand Antoine's Brother
Christophe Pichon Antoine's Brother-Age 12
Anne Marie Pisani Madame Shaeffer
Laurence Ragon Madame Chardon
Thomas Rochefort Little Edouard
Arlette Tephany Antoine's Sister-in-Law
Technical Credits
Patrice Leconte Director, Original Story, Screenwriter
Muarice Chevit Score Composer
Thierry de Ganay Producer
Judith Gayo Makeup
Monique Guerrier Executive Producer
Joëlle Hache Editor
Philippe Hubin Special Effects
Claude Klotz Screenwriter
Cecile Magnan Costumes/Costume Designer
Ivan Maussion Production Designer
Michael Nyman Score Composer
Eduardo Serra Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Hairdresser's Husband
1. Dancing Fool/Main Titles [2:21]
2. The Haircut [6:04]
3. Family Dinner [3:13]
4. A Vision of Beauty [7:04]
5. New Obsession [7:33]
6. Love and Marriage [6:37]
7. A Close Shave [4:44]
8. Hiding Out [5:45]
9. Entranced [6:56]
10. Three's A Crowd [5:27]
11. Cocktails and Cigarettes [5:07]
12. Visitors From the Past [6:35]
13. Thunderstorm [6:27]
14. The Last Dance [4:26]
15. End Credits [2:58]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Hairdresser's Husband
   Play Feature
   Chapter Selections
   Bonus Features
      Leconte on Leconte Part 1-Featurette With Director Patrice Leconte
      The Hairdresser's Recollections-Featurette With Star Anna Galiena
      Theatrical Trailer
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