Mommy Is at the Hairdresser's (Maman est Chez le Coiffeur) Reviews
However the film turns out to be pretty clever and magnificent in bringing out the way these children and their townfolk neighbourhood peers handle their own ups and downs of life in a realistic but still a rather positive manner. I cant help but admire their determination to stay as who they are and remain supportive of their own families whilst (most of) the adults on the other hand are portrayed as chaotic and miserable as they lost control of their own family lives.
Not to mention the ending which is itself smart and a sharp pinpoint to the flow of the whole fiasco because, sometimes things takes a really really long time before they arrive at happy endings. This movie stands out to me because it is unlike many others which force their way, skipping many timelines and disrupting the flow just to arrive to a satisfactory ending.
The movie is one of two recent Québec films that deal with families splitting up because a loutish, over-busy professional husband has finally driven his trapped wife to fulfilling her career ambitions elsewhere. In C'est Pas Moi, Je le Jure, little Léon, the most affected son, turns to vandalism and romance. Here in Maman est Chez le Coiffeur, in its deliberately gorgeous setting of rural Québec, only the youngest son Benoit becomes distraught and destructive. The middle child Coco gets creative, and big sister Élise befriends an isolated, scary looking deaf man, M. Mouche (Mr. Fly), who turns out to have a heart of gold, as well as a spectacular talent for tying fly-fishing flies. The dramatic threads at the end of the movie remain unresolved -- the cinema-verité quality of the film is as persistent as a meditator's mantra -- but you may find you've developed an urge to go to back-country Québec and do some fly fishing, or hang out by a river enjoying the miraculous scenery.
Voyez aussi "Ce n'est pas moi j'le jure" - le versant masculin de la meme histoire, vecu par les membres d'une meme famille.