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The Man Without a Head (2003)

L'homme sans tête (original title)
With two fabulous tickets to tonight's ball in his hands, the solitary Mr Phelps needs to find the perfect head to please his charming date. Will he risk it all for love?

Director:

Juan Solanas (as Juan Diego Solanas)

Writer:

Juan Solanas
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Cast

Credited cast:
Laurent Bert Laurent Bert ... Un client du bar
Yannick Blivet Yannick Blivet ... Le vendeur de journaux (voice)
Christophe Botti Christophe Botti ... Le vendeur de têtes bellâtre
Stephane Botti Stephane Botti ... La deuxième tête
Ambre Boukebza Ambre Boukebza ... La jeune femme
Patrick Béthune Patrick Béthune ... Le fleuriste / Un docker (voice)
Damien Carrand Damien Carrand ... Le vendeur de journaux
Laurent Casanova Laurent Casanova ... L'homme au vélo
Evelyne Chartier Evelyne Chartier ... Le corps de la cliente âgée au visage jeune
Jacques Cusin Jacques Cusin ... L'acheteur de journaux
Rozenn Djonkovitch ... L'une des trois jeunes femmes (as Andrée Rozenn)
Alain Donadio Alain Donadio ... Un docker
Laure Dratler Laure Dratler ... L'une des trois jeunes femmes (voice)
Philippe Ferrandini Philippe Ferrandini ... Un docker
Danielle Hazan Danielle Hazan ... Les clientes / L'une des trois jeunes femmes (voice)
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Storyline

With two fabulous tickets to tonight's ball in his hands, the solitary Mr Phelps sees a ray of light shine in the bleak industrialised world he lives in--and without a single doubt--he already knows whom to ask for his date: the charming lady in the picture on his desk. Just by looking at her, his eyes gleam with joy and anticipation; tonight the elegant dancer shall summon up the courage to declare his undying love for her, and for this reason, he may even find a suitable head to match his feelings. Will he risk it all for love? Written by Nick Riganas

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Short | Fantasy | Romance

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Country:

France | Argentina

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 December 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El hombre sin cabeza See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The post production lasted 900 days. See more »

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A rare visual treat
22 February 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

THE MAN WITHOUT A HEAD is naturally a very strange film--after all, the title character is a man without a head!! Oddly, when he walks about town, no one seems to take much notice. Despite this serious malady, he seems to function just fine and can speak--asking a lady over the phone if she'd like to go to the ball with him. The trouble is that without a head, he's worried she won't like him. So naturally, he goes to a head shop (get it?) and buys a head. But when it comes time to put on his handsome new head, there is a complication.

While the plot of this film is enough to give you a headache, don't take it too seriously. Understand that it is an experimental film and a very surreal one at that. When you let go of your need to have a conventional plot, then you'll notice just how incredibly groundbreaking and exciting this film is. You just can't help admire all the work that went into this film as well as its sweet sense of humor. A rare visual treat.

By the way, this film is part of the CINEMA 16: European Shorts DVD. On this DVD are 16 shorts. Most aren't great, though because it contains THE MAN WITHOUT A HEAD, COPY SHOP, RABBIT and WASP, it's an amazing DVD for lovers of short films and well worth buying.


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