Chez Jolie Coiffure ★★★★

True/False Film Festival Film #9:

This was probably my favorite film of the festival. Chez Jolie Coiffure is set entirely in a hair salon in Brussels owned by Sabine, a Cameroonian immigrant. Growing up, the hair salon, whether it was an actual salon or someone's else, was a place where you didn't just find a way to express your beauty through hair, but it's where you built community and shared. Sabine's salon is a place of refuge, of a difficult conversation, and of the reality of being constantly at odds with the place you've been forced to call home.

It's engrossing, and the trust between Sabine and Rosine, the filmmaker, is so apparent and so loving. I'll be thinking about this film for awhile.