"The Hairdresser's Husband" is a most original work, exploring the nature of tragically obsessive love through the eyes of the title character, a young French boy who becomes infatuated with a female barber and eventually finds another hairdresser to marry in his middle age.
The film's minimalist style relies on bizarre character revelations and quirks rather than development, and there are various flashbacks mixed together haphazardly as the story unfolds.
The woman who is the object of affection here becomes concerned that the passionate love she feels for her husband will ultimately fizzle and in the end takes rather drastic measures to assure that it won't happen.
Though the film pretends to be romantic and joyous, it eventually reveals its true colors, which are cynical and dark. We're not in David Lynch territory, mind you, but given all that has gone before the ending seems like a cop-out.
Still, Jean Rochefort and Anna Galiena as the two principals are so appealing that foreign-film fans may want to take a look anyway.
Not rated, but would probably get an R for sexual content; also some profanity and vulgarity.