The Head Vanishes

The Head Vanishes

                                The Head Vanishes
| 9 min

In this poetic short, animator Franck Dion (Edmond was a Donkey) invites us to share the journey of Jacqueline, an elderly woman living with degenerative dementia. Jacqueline isn’t quite in her right mind anymore, but she’s determined to take the train to the seaside, as she has done every summer. Only this year, she’s constantly being followed by some woman who claims to be her daughter, and the trip takes some unexpected and phantasmagorical turns.

Co-produced by Papy3D Productions, the National Film Board of Canada and ARTE France.

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  • écriture
    Franck Dion
  • concepteur
    Franck Dion
  • monteur
    Franck Dion
  • réalisateur
    Franck Dion
  • voix française
    Florence Desalme
  • voix anglaise
    Jeannie Walker
    Kathleen Fee
  • None
    Kathleen Fee
    Bei Chen
    Pierre Caillet
    Pierre Caillet
    Akosh S.
    Edward Perraud
    Ludovic Balla
    Pierre Caillet
    Rémi Bourcereau
  • distribution artistique
    Kathleen Fee
  • direction de la voix
    Kathleen Fee
  • animation
    Gilles Cuvelier
    Gabriel Jacquel
    Nicolas Trotignon
    Franck Dion
  • modélisateur 3D
    Nicolas Trotignon
  • rigging
    Clément Vaucelle
  • textures
    Studio Salon Caulaincourt
  • décor
    Studio Salon Caulaincourt
  • rendu 3D
    Studio Salon Caulaincourt
  • compositing
    Studio Salon Caulaincourt
  • enregistrement de la musique
    Thomas Vingtrinier
  • enregistrement de musique - assistance
    Rémi Bourcereau
  • mixage musique
    Thomas Vingtrinier
  • conception sonore
    Pierre Yves Drapeau
  • enregistrement du bruitage
    Lise Wedlock
  • enregistrement sonore
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • ré-enregistrement
    Serge Boivin
  • direction technique
    Pierre Plouffe
  • coordination technique
    Daniel Lord
  • coordination de la production
    Michèle Labelle
  • administration
    Diane Régimbald
  • équipe administrative
    Diane Ayotte
    Karine Desmeules
  • producteur
    Franck Dion
    Richard Van Den Boom
    Julie Roy

  • andreadonald27

    I saw this film as part of a "Best off" collection. Having know people both personally and professionally with dementia it really touched me on a number of levels. It conveyed the fear and confusion people with dementia experience in a very emotional way. This is a issue that will touch almost all of us in one way or another, but one we know little about. I was moved to tears at the final scene because it captured perfectly those fleeting moments of clarity when a glimmer of the person that was shines through.

    andreadonald27, 31 Mar 2017
  • caellen27

    I saw this film as "filler" for a screening of the Oscar-nominated animated shorts, and thought it was by far the most haunting. I can't understand why it wasn't nominated. (My husband and son both didn't get what it was about, so maybe it resonates more with women.) It was beautiful, poignant, and bittersweet.

    caellen27, 27 Fév 2017