MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,018 this week

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

7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 807 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 5 critic

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 »

Director:

(as Juan Diego Solanas)

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb: What to Watch - Guardians of the Galaxy

In the latest episode of IMDb: What to Watch, Keith Simanton talks with director James Gunn and actors Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Vin Diesel about their movie Guardians of the Galaxy.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 titles
created 02 Dec 2010
 
list image
a list of 49 titles
created 14 Apr 2012
 
a list of 48 titles
created 11 May 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 28 Sep 2012
 
a list of 38 titles
created 23 Dec 2012
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Man Without a Head (2003)

The Man Without a Head (2003) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Man Without a Head.
7 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Upside Down I (2012)
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Adam and Eden fell in love as teens despite the fact that they live on twinned worlds with gravities that pull in opposite directions. Ten years after a forced separation, Adam sets out on a dangerous quest to reconnect with his love.

Director: Juan Solanas
Stars: Jim Sturgess, Kirsten Dunst, Timothy Spall
Doodlebug (1997)
Short | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In a ratty flat, a man is on his hands and knees, holding a shoe by its toe, trying to kill a bug of some sort that so far has managed to evade him. He keeps up the chase and whacks at it a... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Jeremy Theobald
Copy Shop (2001)
Drama | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Wordless story about a man who awakes in his bed wearing his clothes (including a check vest). He rises, washes his face, combs his hair, and heads for work across the street at a copy shop... See full summary »

Director: Virgil Widrich
Stars: Johannes Silberschneider, Elisabeth Ebner-Haid
Gasman (1998)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

It's the Christmas season. With her mom's help, Lynne, a girl of perhaps eight, dresses up; her younger brother Steven plays with a toy car. The children leave with their dad, who's ... See full summary »

Director: Lynne Ramsay
Stars: Lynne Ramsay Jr., Martin Anderson, James Ramsay
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

One of the greatest of black art pictures. The conjurer appears before the audience, with his head in its proper place. He then removes his head, and throwing it in the air, it appears on ... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès
Stars: Georges Méliès
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A plain, ordinary man tells us about his work as a real-estate broker, his dead father, his ordinary home and so on in a naturalistic voice, lacking any emotions, looking straight into the ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Andersson
Stars: Klas-Gösta Olsson, Lennart Björklund, Christer Christensen
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Belmonde lives in 1990's London as an iconic, cool Frenchman modeled on the new wave cinema of the 1960's. Really he is English and middle class - a fact that his family won't let him forget!

Director: Toby MacDonald
Stars: Kris Marshall, Camilla Rutherford, Laura Lumley
Upside Down II (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Upside Down is a metaphorical revelation about the ways and means of every day city life as seen through the eyes of a little village kid.

Director: Ajay Singh
Stars: Aartis Athavle, Siddhant Barve, Parth Bhalerao
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

16 short and student films by British directors

Director: Martin Parr
Stars: Stephen Daldry, Simon Ellis, Jonathan Finn
Nocturne I (1980)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

It's night. Perhaps after a dream of an intruder crashing through a window, a woman who's sensitive to light has a telephone conversation with a friend. The woman has a plane ticket from ... See full summary »

Director: Lars von Trier
Stars: Yvette, Solbjørg Højfeldt, Anne-Lise Gabold
Short | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In a modernistic city, three odd fellows seem to worship a small bird-like statue when a fourth bizarre person steals it. They give chase on their motorized flying brooms. One by one, the ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Kounen
Stars: Abel Abouliaten, Pascal Banos, Bob Fletchard
Fridge (1995)
Short | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In a poor neighborhood in Ireland some youngsters are buggering a burn injured tramp, and locks a kid up in an abandoned freezer.

Director: Peter Mullan
Stars: Gary Lewis, Vicki Masson, Laurie Ventry
Edit

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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

flowers | flower market

Genres:

Short | Fantasy | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

18 December 2003 (France)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre sin cabeza  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The post production lasted 900 days. See more »

Connections

Featured in Phelps l'homme sans tête - Making of (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

All of you
Composed by Cole Porter (1954)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A real visual and stylist treat with a meaning that, although not clear, will still have you thinking
30 July 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A shy man lives in the big city alone. When he gets two free tickets to the ball he invites a girl he has had his eye on for quite a while. She agrees to meet him later and go as his date. He dresses well but he feels rather self-conscious because he has no head – and never has. He sets out to buy some flowers and a head before meeting his date, but finding a head that suits him is no easy task.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this film but, given that it was about a man with no head, I was quite sure that it would be a little out of the ordinary – and I was right! The film follows our man of the title getting ready for his date and trying to find the right head. He isn't happy with his choices at the shop and even the one he eventually settles on has problems; it is enjoyable, weird, moving and amusing but, what does it all mean. Well, that's the thing – I'm not entirely sure. I think it was about image and just being comfortable with who you are instead of trying to be what society or peers want you to be, a valid message (although if you are 25 stone and don't wash then you should give into some image pressure!) and certainly the one that appears to be being made here but this is not the sole appeal of the short.

If it was preachy or a little full of itself then I would have been turned off but it wasn't. Instead it is light, fanciful and imaginative. Technically the direction is very good although I'm sure experts will tell me that the 'no-head' effect is very simple. What isn't so simple is making a character out of a headless man – and in this the direction is even better. We care about this guy and we feel for him when he is shy, sad and temporarily happy. The film also serves us a practical feast as it establishes a wonderful urban world that is real but yet fantastic – the whole film looks amazing and I never took my eyes off it. The 'man' of the film is well done and the actors who play him do well with the body language. The dance moves are fitting with the fanciful nature of the film but special mention should go to the black head (bad turn of phrase but you know what I mean!) who really did well with one scene – I was convinced he was seeing himself for the first time.

Overall a very imaginative little short that is fun, fanciful, imaginative, emotive and interesting. The plot is open to interpretation but I think it is reasonably clear and, even if you don't bother to look for a message there is still plenty for you to enjoy here.


19 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Has any one noticed how much he copies from jean jeunet John-Blackthrone
showing anywhere else? sdddz2
End titles music stuff-260
Where can I buy this? Stig_Eide
Discuss The Man Without a Head (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?