The Hairdresser's Husband (1990)

Directed by Patrice Leconte

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. We are unsure what Antoine has done with his life, however, we know he has fulfilled his childhood ambition, to marry a hairdresser.

He was homosexual. So he hated doing women's hair.

An unintentional satire on male-centric filmmaking, based around an idea that would be quickly rejected at a student improv night. What this movie is doing in a book of 'great' movies is frankly beyond me. Often felt to have inspired the equally tawdry-posing-as-nostalgic Léolo (1992).


I want to say this much about the ending: It is a happy ending. Happy for her, happy for him, and their love remains inviolate and undiminished. Can you deny that?

Roger Ebert