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Maman est chez le coiffeur (Mommy Is at the Hairdresser’s)

Director Léa Pool
Year 2008
Run Time 97min
Genre Drama

It's the summer of 1966. The sun is shining and the world is full of possibilities. But for 15-year-old Élise (Fortier), there are issues simmering beneath the surface of her happy family life.

When a shocking discovery drives her mother to leave the family, everyone is stunned. Amid the chaos, Élise decides it's up to her to take matters into her own hands and solve the problems. While her father and two brothers withdraw into their inner world, Élise is not discouraged. Trying to keep her family's troubles a secret, she discovers that no one around her has a life as perfect as it seems at first glance.

A tender and touching story of coming of age in difficult circumstances, Mommy's at the Hairdresser's is a film full of rich, vivid colors that are wonderfully evocative of hot summer days. It's not exactly the summer Élise was expecting, but it will be a summer unlike any other.


Léa Pool

Pool has earned three Genie Award nominations for Best Direction. Her films include Emporte Moi, Mouvements du désir, Lost and Delirious, La dernière fugue and the documentary Pink Ribbons, Inc. Her recent films include the doc Double Sentence and the features La passion d'Augustine and Et au pire, on se mariera.


Isabelle Hébert


Marianne Fortier, Élie Dupuis, Hugo St-Onge-Paquin


Lyse Lafontaine, Michael Mosca




Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, LGBTQ2S+, Strong Female Leads

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Canadian Distributors

Les Films Seville, eOne