Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
The Making Of The West Wing
Subscribe To Empire Today
Save money and get 12 issues for only £25
Go Think Big
Helping young people achieve their career dreams
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Jean Rochefort
Anna Galiena.
Directors
Patrice Leconte.
Screenwriters
Patrice Leconte
Claude Klotz.
Running Time
80 minutes

LATEST FILM REVIEWS
Fury
3 Star Empire Rating
Way He Looks, The
4 Star Empire Rating
Serena
2 Star Empire Rating
Book Of Life, The
3 Star Empire Rating
Björk: Biophilia Live
4 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Le Jour Se Lève
5 Star Empire Rating
Tony Benn: Will And Testament
5 Star Empire Rating
Nightcrawler
5 Star Empire Rating
Babadook, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari, The
5 Star Empire Rating

The Hairdresser's Husband
A beautifully subtle and touching tale of love, told with Leconte's typically warm understanding of his characters' quirks and desires.


submit to reddit


Plot
Antoine (Rochefort) is a bald man with a passion for hairdressers. He's taken aback when beuatiful coiffeur Mathilde (Galiena) agrees to marry him, and the story that unfolds is based around their developing relationship.


Review
Antoine (Rochefort), an endearingly strange kind of fellow with no hair, has two hobbies. The first is dancing in an abandoned and completely uncoordinated fashion to Arabian music; the second is scissor-happy women. Indeed, ever since he fell in love with an amply-bosomed barber at age 12, Antoine has had a thing about hairdressers (and their chests) and, on coming across the gorgeous Mathilde (Galiena) snipping in her salon, he promptly asks her to marry him. To his surprise - this man is emphatically not Matt Dillon - she agrees, and The Hairdresser's Husband quite simply and quite beautifully tells the story of their life together from this point on.

A beautifully subtle and touching tale of love, told with Leconte's typically warm understanding of his characters' quirks and desires, this is also fabulously French - sensuous and wistfully small scale - with a real-life sexiness that some folk brought up on the lipgloss and grope of Fatal Attraction may well find a little too hair-tremblingly personal to cope with. Rochefort, working again with Leconte after the success of Monsieur Hire, turns in a glorious performance, at turns bumbling, hilarious, heart-breaking and always crazily honest. Galiena is less fascinating but occasionally soars with the considerably more sketchy Mathilde while the rest of the characters here are mad folk one and all, wandering in and out of the salon with their arguments, tears, confessions, slug-slinging wives, bad haircuts, etc.

An honest, slyly funny, aching gem of a film with characters one imagines it would be great fun to get drunk with -high praise indeed - The hairdresser's Husband is bewitching and bittersweet without ever being wet. And Antoine's dancing is well groovy, too.


Verdict
An honest, slyly funny, aching gem of a film with characters one imagines it would be great fun to get drunk with -high praise indeed.


Reviewed by Miranda Sawyer

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire Meets Jason Bateman And Tina Fey
The stars of This Is Where I Leave You hang out

The Scariest Film Of The Year? Jennifer Kent On The Babadook
The director talks us through her terrifying new film

10 Horror Spin-Offs We Want To See
After Annabelle, what other supporting characters deserve their own film?

Documentaries: What Happened Next
We track down and interview the stars of great non-fiction films

Your Introductory Guide To That DC Movie Slate
Suicide Squad? Cyborg? Aquaman? We explain who’s who in the DC Universe

Captain America 3, Iron Man And Civil War: Where Next For The Marvel Cinematic Universe?
What to make of today's Marvel news

Interactive Gallery: Explore Iconic Movie Spacesuits
Explore the fabric of space-time

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)