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The Hairdresser's Husband (R)

Severin Films

The cult movie reissuers at Severin Films have released to an unsuspecting public some of the grimiest, sleaziest sexploitation fare known to humankind. I can't review half of it here, in this family altweekly. So, imagine my chagrin watching its latest release, the 1990 classic French film The Hairdresser's Husband, a beautiful, moving, deeply affecting love story directed by Patrice Leconte. This film has no violence, no nudity, no smut — so what's the deal, Severin? I kid. Husband is a touching rumination on falling in love and finding an eternal soulmate. The story follows legendary French actor Jean Rochefort as a man who makes it his life's goal to marry a hairdresser (Anna Galiena). When that dream is fulfilled, he discovers his life is utterly perfect. It's that simple. This is the type of love story that's rarely, if ever, made and one I highly recommend. Purchase the DVD: The Hairdresser's Husband — Louis Fowler


Killer at Large (NR)

Disinformation Company

According to statistics cited in Killer at Large, obesity killed 112,000 people in the U.S. in 2006. By contrast, terrorism killed 28. This important documentary features concerned figures from Bill Clinton to Arnold Schwarzenegger to foodie hero Michael Pollan. Leading off with footage of a 12-year-old girl's liposuction procedure, it investigates manipulative marketing, the war for healthy school lunches, the money-hungry food lobby, health-care impacts and more. Highlights include parents passing junk food to their children through a school fence to protest a vending-machine ban, and snippets from a government campaign in which Shrek appears as a PSA poster boy promoting exercise while simultaneously showing up on handfuls of junk-food products. Though there's an optimistic end segment, this film will leave you unnerved and hungry only for change. Purchase the DVD: Killer at Large — Matthew Schniper


Pulling: The Complete First Season (NR)

MPI Home Entertainment

BBC television series Pulling has been described as a darker Sex and the City or an anti-Friends, and while I'm wont to agree, it's too cold and bitter to be compared to either. Focusing on the romantic failures of a trio of pretty horrific, wholly unlikable women, Pulling pulls laughs mostly from the awkwardness of the situations in which the women find themselves. The viewer pities and laughs at them out of polite obligation; I found myself wishing I could talk to the characters about getting some counseling. The film is peppered with tepid doses of shock humor, which writer/star Sharon Horgan is sharp enough to expertly aim at relationship pathos. Yet when the humor is used to obliterate relationships in rapid fire, it can be quite numbing. Like watching Faces of Death for women, I imagine. It's worth a viewing, but also a shower afterward. Purchase the DVD: Pulling: The Complete First Season — Louis Fowler

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