The Patrice Leconte Collection: Hairdresser's Husband, Ridicule, Monsieur Hire, Le Parfum D'Yvonne, Tango [DVD]
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Five films from the acclaimed French director. In 'The Hairdresser's Husband' (1977), a 12-year-old boy becomes obsessed with his local hairdresser, a voluptuous middle-aged woman, who inadvertently gives him his first sexual experience. When he reaches middle-age he meets another hairdresser and is so smitten that he proposes marriage to her, which she gladly accepts. In 'Le Parfum D'Yvonne' (1986), a young deserter (Hippolyte Girardot) from the Algerian war arrives in a lakeside holiday resort town near the Swiss border. He takes on the name of Victor to avoid detection. While hanging around in the town, he meets the beautiful Yvonne (Sandra Majani), and her friend, Dr Rene Meinthe (Jean-Pierre Marielle), a flamboyant homosexual. Victor and Yvonne fall in love and take a hotel room together, whiling away their time making love and reading poetry. When Yvonne and Dr Rene enter a competition - and thanks to Yvonne's flirting with a young guest juror and Dr Rene's big American car, they end up winning - Victor makes plans to take Yvonne to Hollywood but is left waiting at the station. In 'Monsieur Hire' (1989), when a young girl is found murdered, police begin to suspect the reclusive Monsieur Hire (Michel Blanc), an eccentric loner who spends most of his time watching a woman called Alice (Sandrine Bonnaire) in the apartment opposite. As it becomes apparent that the police suspect Monsieur Hire purely because his neighbours think he is strange and withdrawn, Alice begins to notice him watching her, and starts to find him strangely seductive. In 'Ridicule' (1996), on the brink of the French Revolution, an idealistic aristocrat has to obtain an audience with the King by surviving on his wits. In the midst of sexual and political intrigue he attempts to keep his nerve as he tries to beg for aid from the King. Finally, in 'Tango' (1992), his wife has left him, but Paul (Thierry Lhermitte) is persuaded by his unscrupulous uncle that it is better to be a widower than to be divorced. Vincent (Richard Bohringer) is recruited, and all three men set off to track down and murder Paul's wife.
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The Hairdresser's Husband(19900
The film that launched Leconte internationally is a bittersweet comedy full of charm and wistfulness with a heavy dose of eroticism to boot.Jean Rochefort plays Antoine who from a child loved going to the hairdressers.In adulthood he buys one after sampling the delights of the beautiful and sensuous Anna Galiena .They marry and spend an idyllic life reveling in each other's eccentricities until...
One of a kind film not to be missed and quite funny too.
Historical drama can come off somewhat shallow and a little too fond of itself but there is much to enjoy in this tale of life at King Louis XVI'S court where a rapier wit is needed in order to get ahead.Charles Berling is first rate as Ponceludon De Malavoy a man determined to make his mark.Dazzling verbal dexterity and exquisite period detail carry this piece of fluff along way.
Adapted from a story by Georges Simenon,Hire is one of the best "thrillers" of the 80s holding up remarkably well thanks in no small part to Michael Nyman's beautiful score,superb performances and Leconte's delicate handling of obssession and loneliness as he channels Hitchcock and Chabrol amongst others in this gripping tale of Michel Blanc's growing fascination with his sultry neighbour Sandrine Bonnaire who has never been finer(and that is saying something considering her cv is chock full of memorable portrayals-La Ceremonie and Police to name just two).Read more ›