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The Man Without a Head (2003)
"L'homme sans tête" (original title)

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Phelps, a solitary man who lives in a big industrial city by the sea, is very happy tonight. He is getting ready for a ball. And not any ball, a dance to which the young woman he loves has ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Laurent Bert ...
Un client du bar
Yannick Blivet ...
Le vendeur de journaux (voice)
Christophe Botti ...
Le vendeur de têtes bellâtre
Stephane Botti ...
La deuxième tête
Ambre Boukebza ...
La jeune femme
Patrick Béthune ...
Le fleuriste / Un docker (voice)
Damien Carrand ...
Le vendeur de journaux
Laurent Casanova ...
L'homme au vélo
Evelyne Chartier ...
Le corps de la cliente âgée au visage jeune
Jacques Cusin ...
L'acheteur de journaux
Alain Donadio ...
Un docker
Laure Dratler ...
L'une des trois jeunes femmes (voice)
Philippe Ferrandini ...
Un docker
Danielle Hazan ...
Les clientes / L'une des trois jeunes femmes (voice)
Alain Hocine ...
Alain Phelps
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Phelps, a solitary man who lives in a big industrial city by the sea, is very happy tonight. He is getting ready for a ball. And not any ball, a dance to which the young woman he loves has agreed to come. Tonight he will declare his flame and and it makes him feel like dancing... But there is something wrong with Phelps, at least in his own "eyes": he does not have a head! That is why he sets out to buy a head that suits him to please his lady... Written by Guy Bellinger

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18 December 2003 (France)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre sin cabeza  »

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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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The post production lasted 900 days. See more »

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Edited into Cinema16: European Short Films (2006) See more »

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A rare visual treat
22 February 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See 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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