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18 December 2003 (France) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A real visual and stylist treat with a meaning that, although not clear, will still have you thinking See more (4 total) »


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
Lucien Jean-Baptiste ... La toisième tête
Lucie Jeanne ... Le jeune visage de la cliente
Bruno Magne ... Un docker (voice)
Mady Malroux ... L'une des jumelles qui sort du magasin
Monette Malroux ... L'autre jumelle qui sort du magasin
Karine Pinoteau ... L'une des trois jeunes femmes (voice)
Maurice Portalier ... Un docker
Alain Prorok ... Le fleuriste
Karine Rouard ... L'une des trois jeunes femmes
Andrée Rozenn ... L'une des trois jeunes femmes

Juan Solanas ... Un docker
Karine Steger ... L'une des trois jeunes femmes
Salah Teskouk ... Le marchand de têtes
Julien Vanni ... Le marin dans le bar
Yorkshire ... Yorkshire

Directed by
Juan Solanas  (as Juan Diego Solanas)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Juan Solanas 

Produced by
Annie Dautane .... co-producer
Juan Solanas .... co-producer
Aton Soumache .... producer
Alexis Vonarb .... associate producer
Original Music by
Vincent Artaud 
Cinematography by
Juan Solanas 
Film Editing by
Olivier Mauffroy 
Production Design by
Fred Lapierre  (as Frédéric Lapierre)
Frédérique Lapierre 
Costume Design by
Patricia Oumedjkane 
Makeup Department
Christophe Chabenet .... special makeup effects artist
Sylvie Coudray .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Ruben Berissi .... production manager
Julien Berlan .... production manager
Joseph Ferreira .... unit production manager
Christophe Fustini .... assistant unit manager
Bruno Scati .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicolas Amiache .... first assistant director
Ivan Apostolo .... second assistant director
Julien Lafront .... second assistant director
Thomas Norymberg .... second assistant director
Art Department
Eric Boucasse .... carpenter
Olivier Carton .... carpenter
Paco Cuevas .... assistant set designer
Emmanuel Gorin .... visual supervisor
Jean-Michel Guérin .... key carpenter
Laurent Hautbois .... construction manager
Denis Misura .... carpenter
Grégory Nowak .... trainee art director (as Greg Nowak)
Santiago Prieto .... set painter
Sound Department
Selma Angels .... sound development
Frédéric Bobillier .... sound (as Frédérik Bobilier)
Christophe Bourreau .... foley artist
Frédéric Cortial .... voice sound engineer
Reynold Garcia .... sound development
Antonin Gouzer .... boom operator
François Groult .... sound mixer
Benjamin Laurent .... sound
Franck Marchal .... sound designer
Gildas Mercier .... foley engineer
Franck Rubio .... sound
Juan Solanas .... sound development
Juan Solanas .... sound editor
Matthieu Tartamella .... sound
Stéphane Venet .... sound
Visual Effects by
Gaëlle Bossis .... digital artist
John Breslin .... digital artist
Myriam Catrin .... digital artist
Emmanuel Chapon .... 3D artist
Caroline Deloffre .... visual effects coordinator
François Dumoulin .... digital compositor
François Dumoulin .... visual effects supervisor
Luc Froehlicher .... 3D supervisor
Benjamin Massoubre .... assistant digital compositor
Pierre Pilard .... 3D supervisor
Michel Roy .... technical supervisor
Matthieu Royer .... 3D artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Emmanuel Assenat .... grip
Christophe Bassoulet .... electrician
Antoine Bonfils .... electrician
Rudy Bouchoucha .... gaffer
Céline Bozon .... video operator
Marc Buriot .... electrician
Jérôme Fabre .... electrician
Arnaud Gabriel .... second assistant camera
Patrick Gentils .... key grip
Arnaud Gross .... grip
Eric Lesage .... key grip
Claire Mathon .... video operator
Steeven Petitteville .... assistant camera
Virginie Pichot .... first assistant camera
Michel Rodas .... Steadicam operator
Patrick Rotily .... gaffer
Benjamin Vibert .... electrician (as Benjamin Vibert-Vallée)
Casting Department
Sandrine Paquot .... additional casting
Music Department
Vincent Artaud .... musician: piano
Vincent Artaud .... singing voice: woman in the shop
Diego Imbert .... musician: violoncello
Emmanuel Vaillant .... music re-recordist
Other crew
Delphine Ankoudovitch .... production coordinator
Delphine Ankoudovitch .... secretary to executive producers
Vincent Artaud .... programmer: Giga sampler
Patrick Béthune .... stage manager
Alexandre de La Patellière .... development supervisor: Onyx
Matthieu Delaporte .... development supervisor: Onyx
Thierry Fontaine .... production accountant
Aurélie Kazian .... production assistant
Yano Latrides .... choreographer
Bruno Magne .... stage manager
Anaïs Marillier .... script supervisor
Cédric Pilot .... development coordinator: Onyx
Aton Soumache .... exporter
Christian Volckman .... poster designer
Alexis Vonarb .... exporter

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'homme sans tête" - France (original title)
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Argentina:18 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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The post production lasted 900 days.See more »
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19 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A real visual and stylist treat with a meaning that, although not clear, will still have you thinking, 30 July 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

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.

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