A poet who lives in a world, where it’s normal to be a headless person, contemplates his existence and how to integrate himself into society, in pursuit of love.
In a world filled with people so different than you, would you assimilate yourself, just so you can be accepted by the populous and taste the sweet nectar of love from a special someone? Would you terminate who you were born as to lessen the fear of the one you love so dearly, because you’re so different? This is what our main character, the young poet, is confronted with in a world of headless people.
Without sight, smell, taste or hearing, the metropolis is abuzz with headless people walking, driving and shooting guns aimlessly. Signs are put up, movie projectors played and lights put on with no one to see them. Food is consumed by placing ice cream in breast cleavage or popcorn atop the vacancy between two shoulders. Amongst all these activities, the poet sees the absurdity that the others don’t.
After bumping into a woman on the streets, the poet becomes smitten but runs off before she touches his face, as that would expose his secret of being the only one born with a head. Once back at his residence, he’s busy planing the surface of a long wooden beam – clearly an activity for a carpenter and not a poet – and is an object of interest throughout the film.
Not only does the poet muster up the courage to court his love interest but also lets her know his secret by taking her to a secluded location to feel his face. Aghast to the discovery, she runs away from the poet, the aberration. It’s not until later that we learn the wooden beam was for the guillotine he was building inside his apartment and why he’s seriously considering using it on himself, after that little episode.
Since “Danny Boy” is a ballad that’s usually sung at Irish funerals, a question arises of whether the poet’s pursuit of love will lead to the death of what he was born as or his actual death, as a soft female voice cries out the lyrics of the song.