The Hairdresser's Husband

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The Hairdresser's Husband
French theatrical release poster
Directed byPatrice Leconte
Written byPatrice Leconte and Claude Klotz
Produced byThierry de Ganay
StarringJean Rochefort and Anna Galiena
CinematographyEduardo Serra
Edited byJoëlle Hache
Music byMichael Nyman
Distributed byAMLF
Release date
  • 3 October 1990 (1990-10-03)
Running time
82 minutes
Box office$2.71 million[1]

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.

The film received the Prix Louis Delluc. In 1991 it was nominated for "Best Foreign-Language Film" in the British Academy Film Awards.


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 died by 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 dies by 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.



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.[2] The film was nominated for the Grand Prix of the Belgian Syndicate of Cinema Critics.

Home media[edit]

The Hairdresser's Husband was released on DVD by Umbrella Entertainment in April 2011. The DVD is compatible region code 4.[3]


The Hairdresser's Husband
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedSeptember 21, 1992
GenreMiddle Eastern
LabelSoundtrack Listeners Communications
Michael Nyman chronology
The Michael Nyman Songbook
The Hairdresser's Husband
The Essential Michael Nyman Band

The soundtrack [4] 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.


  1. ^ "Le Mari de la coiffeuse (1990) - JPBox-Office".
  2. ^ "The Hairdresser's Husband (1990)". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved May 4, 2010.
  3. ^ "Umbrella Entertainment". Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Mari De La Coiffeuse, Le (1990)". Retrieved 7 November 2014.

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