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The Hairdresser’s Husband

June 30, 2010

“Film is the medium that gives room to our fantasies, most of the time harmless, since they are fantasies. The cinema is often more beautiful than life, if only because we write the screenplay.” – Leconte

The Hairdresser’s Husband (1990) is a film so fantastical, so sensual, so romantic, that you can not help but sigh in ached longing…a longing that, deep down, you know is untouchable, but how good it is to be drenched so thoroughly in it in a French hairdressing salon, on sunny afternoons and stormy nights?

Dreamers. Lovers. However they came to be we do not know, and it does not matter. They are so content together, indeed so happy that they seem immune to the ravishing of life’s toil. Passion consumes their lives. The day begins with it, and ends with it.

Throughout, its perfume permeates the air as sunlight streams through the window and sets her honey brown hair aflame. Her voluminous waves glowing, and the light stir as she moves, from the counter to the door, to the shampoo to the chair, to the door as the customer leaves, and she returns to her counter. The light and perfume stir with each step, whisper between them, around them.

He watches from the red sofa, knowing full well that this is exactly where he wants to be, where he should be. She looks up from the counter, a wordless smile passes between them, shared, stretching on like hot caramel with the passing of daylight. Little smiles and glances of joy spill unabashedly, so over-brimming of hearts that they drip like pearls with the streaming light, and are finally gathered again at the end of the day. Dusk falls, the door closes after the last customer. She hikes up her dress and unbuttons her blouse. He stands up from the red sofa. Passion leads day into night, and then begins all over again…

…Continue reading the full article at RogerEbert.com

Along with all my FFC articles.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 30, 2010 8:53 PM

    I left you a comment over on Roger’s site, but let me just say here that I’m glad to see you’ve posted something after a long hiatus. It’s always a joy to read your posts. :-)

  2. July 10, 2010 12:49 PM

    Good to know you’re still out there. You have now inspired me to see “Hoop Dreams” and “The Hairdresser’s Husband.” It felt like you were reliving the film as you hit the keys, which was pretty impressive.

    Very evocative writing. It would be great if you could respond to a writing contest of sorts that I have on my blog. It’s optional, but so far there’s nothing.

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