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Hairdresser, The (Friseuse, Die)

Hairdresser, The
Scene from "The Hairdresser" (photo © Constantin Film Verleih GmbH)

Her GDR doesn’t exist anymore – and her husband, job and house in the suburbs are all gone, too. Unemployed hairdresser Kathi Koenig lives on a prefab estate block in Berlin-Marzahn with her daughter Julia. She wants to work, but no one will let her. She felt sure she would get that new job in the hairdressing salon of a big shopping center, but she has been turned down. Because Kathi is fat – very fat – and therefore “not aesthetic”. Or at least that is what the salon’s manager Ms. Krieger says.

However, Kathi is a very determined character, and she won’t be shaken off that easily. She decides to open her own hairdressing salon in an empty Asian snack bar next to Salon Krieger. A struggle begins against the authorities, the banks and consultants. On the uphill path to good fortune, she meets people like the attractive hairdresser Silke, the slick trafficker Joe and the lovable Vietnamese Tien.


Doris Dörrie was born in Hanover. After studying Acting, Philosophy and Psychology in the US, she studied at the University of Television & Film in Munich, where she now runs the Creative Writing Department. In addition to directing, she is also a novelist. Her award-winning films include: STRAIGHT THROUGH THE HEART (MITTEN INS HERZ, 1983), INSIDE THE BELLY OF THE WHALE (IN INNEREN DES WALS, 1984), MEN (MÄNNER, 1985), PARADISE (PARADIES, 1986), ME AND HIM (ICH UND ER, 1988), MONEY (GELD, 1989), HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TÜRKE!, 1992), NOBODY LOVES ME (KEINER LIEBT MICH, 1994), AM I BEAUTIFUL? (BIN ICH SCHÖN?,1998), ENLIGHTENMENT GUARANTEED (ERLEUCHTUNG GARANTIERT, 2000), "NAKED" (NACKT, 2002), THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE – WHY WOMEN NEVER GET ENOUGH (DER FISCHER UND SEINE FRAU – WARUM FRAUEN NIE GENUG BEKOMMEN, 2005), HOW TO COOK YOUR LIFE (2007), CHERRY BLOSSOMS - HANAMI (KIRSCHBLÜTEN – HANAMI, 2008), THE HAIRDRESSER (DIE FRISEUSE, 2010), BLISS (GLÜCK, 2011), THE WHOLE SHEBANG (ALLES INKLUSIVE, 2014), and GREETINGS FROM FUKUSHIMA (GRÜSSE AUS FUKUSHIMA, 2016).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2010
Director Doris Dörrie
Screenplay Laila Stieler
Cinematography Hanno Lentz
Inez Regnier
Coconami, Ivan Hajek, La Brass Banda
Susanne Hopf
Cast Natascha Lawiszus, Maren Kroymann, Maria Happel, Rolf Zacher, Christina Große, Ill-Young Kim, Gabriela Maria Schmeide
Producer Ulrich Limmer
Production Company Collina Filmproduktion/Munich
Length 106 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 2010 (Berlinale Special), Moscow 2010, Chicago 2010, Mumbai 2010, Mar del Plata 2010
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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