MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 6,538 this week

Handicap (2004)

 -  Comedy | Romance | Short  -  2 May 2005 (USA)
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 44 users  
Reviews: 4 user

A woman invites a man for one last drink at her place...

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 430 titles
created 10 Jan 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 07 Jun 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Handicap" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Handicap (2004)

Handicap (2004) on IMDb 7.3/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Handicap.
2 wins. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A woman employs a gay man to spend four nights at her house to watch her when she's "unwatchable".

Director: Catherine Breillat
Stars: Amira Casar, Rocco Siffredi, Alexandre Belin
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Secrets, rumors and betrayals surround the upcoming marriage between a young dissolute man and virtuous woman of the French aristocracy.

Director: Catherine Breillat
Stars: Asia Argento, Fu'ad Aït Aattou, Roxane Mesquida
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Directors: Anne Deluz, Béatrice Guelpa
A Woman's Way (2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

George is released from prison after 14 years of incarceration for a murder he committed in his small Greek village. He spends his first night out in a cheap downtown hotel in Athens. There... See full summary »

Director: Panos H. Koutras
Stars: Mina Orfanou, Yannis Kokiasmenos, Minos Theoharis
The Slut (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Tamar, 35, a beautiful young woman, lives alone with her two daughters. She can't restrain her sexual appetite and gives herself to several men of the village. Shai, a young veterinary, ... See full summary »

Director: Hagar Ben-Asher
Stars: Hagar Ben-Asher, Ishai Golan, Icho Avital
Just Ines (2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Tom Jackson is perceived as having everything: a great career, a beautiful wife - in short - a perfect life. But behind this facade of perfection, Tom is a man living a lie.

Director: Marcel Grant
Stars: Daniel Weyman, Caroline Ducey, Barbara Cabrita
Comedy | Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: Eric Assous
Stars: Charlotte de Turckheim, Patrick Chesnais, Elisa Tovati
Fat Girl (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A Ma Soeur! is a provocative and shocking drama about sibling rivalry, family discord and relationships. Elena is 15, beautiful and flirtatious. Her less confident sister, Anais, is 12, and... See full summary »

Director: Catherine Breillat
Stars: Anaïs Reboux, Roxane Mesquida, Libero De Rienzo
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A stroke-afflicted filmmaker is manipulated by a notorious con man.

Director: Catherine Breillat
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Kool Shen, Laurence Ursino
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

The beautiful O is taken by her boyfriend, Rene, to a bizarre retreat, where she is trained in bondage and sexual perversion. Rene discharges a personal debt by transferring possession of O... See full summary »

Director: Just Jaeckin
Stars: Corinne Cléry, Udo Kier, Anthony Steel
Cashback (2006)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After a painful breakup, Ben develops insomnia. To kill time, he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket, where his artistic imagination runs wild.

Director: Sean Ellis
Stars: Sean Biggerstaff, Emilia Fox, Michelle Ryan
The Cage (2002)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Alain Raoust
Stars: Caroline Ducey, Roger Souza, Nathalie Besançon
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Natascha
Jean-Marc Minéo ...
Mike
Eric Berger ...
The Translator
Edit

Storyline

Natacha is out for love and romance! And she's got it all! After a romantic dinner with Mike, a guy she is dating for the first time, she invites him for a last drink at her place, well determined to tell him just how she feels... Sometimes, too much communication kills communication... Written by Nat Lucas

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

And you thought blind dating was edgy? Try deaf dating!

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Short

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 May 2005 (USA)  »

Box Office

Budget:

€20,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(optical)

Color:

(Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Winner of the Best Short Film Award (Drama on disability) at the Picture This! Film Festival in Calgary 2004. See more »

Quotes

Mike: Shut your fingers!
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A love triangle, but not as we know it...
8 December 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

From the moment the opening credits roll on this short film, the scene is set for seduction. Candles are lit, champagne is poured, strawberries are on offer.

Natascha is hoping to get lucky with Mike (Jean-Marc Mineo). And Mike? He's wishing it wasn't a case of two's company but three's a crowd on his sofa.

"And you thought blind dating was edgy - try deaf dating!" The film's playful tagline all but tells us that Natascha is deaf. But when the very feminine Natascha signs to Mike while kissing him, we're still very surprised when it's a male voice that crashes in and says, "I like you". It's as jarring to us as it is to her would-be lover. And that's when - thanks to Lewis-Martin Soucy's brilliant direction - you realize that Fred, her sign language interpreter, has been there all along.

Voyeur, interloper, nerdy perve, Fred (Eric Berger) sits silent and unnoticed on a chair behind the sofa until Natascha signs. Then his voice is all we can hear.

Natascha gets turned on and begins to talk dirty, but all Mike can focus on is his growing discomfort with the three-way access situation, and the deep brown voice of her interpretor.

OK, so you have to suspend your disbelief a little - in a real life situation, Mike would have shown Fred the door. She's beautiful, she's really into him, but here it's verbal foreplay-interrupts.

Beneath the witty, brilliantly-scripted comedy, there are some serious questions posed that many disabled people will appreciate. Fred's presence touches on the issues of relationships, independent living and sexual love. Love me? Love my carer ... make love to me while my facilitator, um, watches / gets off on it?

At its heart, Handicap is all about language and communication. Natascha is deaf, but Mike is the one who cannot hear. Yet, if he were listening with more than just his auditory sense he couldn't fail to hear her. And that's a testament to Caroline Ducey, who is wonderfully expressive as an actress. She emotes joy, desire, frustration and sorrow beautifully, without saying a single word. Hardly surprising from an actress of her caliber. A veteran of some twenty movies, Caroline Ducey was named as one of European films 'Shooting Stars in 2000' by European Film Promotion.

Handicap is a gem of a piece: a very funny, beautifully shot, emotional short film which I adored. In fact, I loved it so much that I'm willing to overlook the totally non-disabled cast and crew.

A sign language coach is listed in the credits, and I'm curious: could anyone tell me if Caroline Ducey is signing what she's meant to be signing?

If you miss Handicap this time round, it will probably be coming to a festival near you soon; this marvelous short film has already graced fourteen of them!

Handicap: you may hate the word, but you'll love the film.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Handicap (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?