The Hairdresserâ€™s Husband (Le mari de la coiffeuse) is a 1990 film by Patrice Leconte, whom individuals may know as the director of 1978â€™s Les BronzÃ©s, 1985â€™s Les SpÃ©cialistes and 1989â€™s Monsieur Hire. Leconte is interesting because of the wide array of genres in which ey works; the aforementioned Les BronzÃ©s is a comedy, 1996â€™s Ridicule is a period piece, and The Hairdresserâ€™s Husband showcases Leconteâ€™s ability to go beyond genre conventions in creating a film that is operates on a number of distinct levels. Jean Rochefort (Que la fÃªte commence, Le Crabe-tambour) plays the lead role as Antoine.
Antoineâ€™s life really is a set of repeating events that showcases how there is both serious similarity and difference to be had over the course of oneâ€™s time on earth. Set up in a serious of flashbacks, The Hairdresserâ€™s Husband is based on Antoineâ€™s obsession with hairdressers. This attraction has been a constant throughout the entirety of Antoineâ€™s existence, as one of Antoineâ€™s first crushes focused on a hairdresser that committed suicide. This desire manifests itself again in Antoineâ€™s later life, as ey happens upon Mathilde (Anna Galiena, known for JamÃ³n, jamÃ³n, and Being Human) and starts a relationship. Mathilde and Antoineâ€™s love knows no bounds, and while surprising, Mathildeâ€™s suicide makes perfect sense. This is because that the two share a love that is so intense that Mathilde knows that losing it would be an unbearable sort of pain.
The Severin release of The Hairdresserâ€™s Husband uses English subtitles to ensure that all understand what exactly is going on, while unlike many transfers of rare or foreign movies, there are a number of substantive and interesting extras to be had. â€œLeconte on Leconte Part 1â€ is a rare view into the mind of the director, as more than just this film is covered. This featurette feels more like a guide for anyone that wishes to get into Leconteâ€™s extensive corpus, but should be understood as essential viewing for anyone that picks this film up. In a more specific vein, the interview with Anna Galiena (â€œThe Hairdresserâ€™s Recollectionsâ€)gives viewers much more of a sense on how the star and the directorâ€™s desires for the movie varied. Overall, a great package from Severin, and one that any fan of cinema that differs from the norm should pick up.
The Hairdresserâ€™s Husband (DVD) / 2009 Severin Films / 82 Minutes / http://www.severin-films.com