Alopecia is a disease that affects the immune system and causes it to attack the hair follicles in the body, causing hair not to grow. This documentary is about four women, Madeline (17), Jenny (30), Marie-Claire (60), and the directors wife, Karène. This was a very humbling video about how all these women have suffered with their self-confidence throughout their lives. Some of the women don’t speak English, so there are subtitles at the bottom of the video.
The documentary primarily focused on the people and how their lives have been affected by having Alopecia. Madeline talks about how her boyfriend at the time of her diagnosis broke up with her, and she realized that she deserved better because she had accepted the fact that she had this disease. She also says that she has to explain to people that she doesn’t have cancer. Jenny talks about how she is getting married soon, and when she was a little girl, she dreamed of having long princess hair, and now she’s having to buy a wig just for her wedding day. Marie-Claire has had the disease longer than anyone, she has grown to accept it, although she’s still ashamed of it at times. She goes on to tell a story of her 8 year old grandson who has been growing his hair out for the past two years so he could cut it and make her a wig (this part literally made me cry). Korène is the only one who is really struggling. She says that she doesn’t even let her husband see her without her wig on, even though he is completely supportive of her- she’s just embarrassed and doesn’t want to seem like less of a woman because she has lost all her hair.