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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.
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
Runtime 106 min
Format 35 mm, color
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 / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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