R | | Crime, Drama
A laconic, chain-smoking barber blackmails his wife's boss and lover for money to invest in dry cleaning, but his plan goes terribly wrong.
When Ed visits Doris in prison, a photograph of a circle is seen on the table in front of him - a link both to Circle Films, which was the company behind the Coen brothers in their earlier films, and The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)'s circle gag.
Yeah, I worked in a barbershop, but I never considered myself a barber. I stumbled into it. Or married into it, more precisely.
When Ed lets himself in at Nirdlingers, he unlocks and opens the door on the right side. But when he leaves, he opens the door to the left. That door would have locks at the top and/or bottom that hold it closed even with the deadbolt unlocked and they can only be released from the inside (the order is you unlock the deadbolt, go inside and then release those locks so both doors swing free.) There would have been no reason for Ed to have unlocked those as well, since he wasn't opening the store for business, so that door should not have been able to be opened.
The opening titles cast shadows on the wall as if they are real.
English, Italian, French
£419,609 (UK) (28 October 2001)
$7,494,849 (USA) (24 February 2002)
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