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I Lost My Body(J'ai perdu mon corps)

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France · 2019
1h 21m
Director Jérémy Clapin
Starring Hakim Faris, Victoire Du Bois, Patrick d'Assumçao, Hichem Mesbah
Genre Animation, Drama, Fantasy

A severed hand escapes a lab to reunite with its body in Paris. Naoufel, a young boy in Morocco, loses both his parents in a car crash. He is then forced to live with family in France. Once in France, Naoufel, now a young man, becomes enamored with Gabrielle.

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TheWrap by Carlos Aguilar

As crushing as it is stirring, the gritty fable co-written for the screen by Clapin and Laurant (“Amélie,” “A Very Long Engagement”) finds an ideal visual medium in the filmmaker’s evocative animation.


Rolling Stone by David Fear

You may also feel so exhilarated watching an insanely creative voice in animation flex his storytelling muscles that you don’t realize the huge lump in your throat.


The Playlist by Gregory Ellwood

Simply put, this is an expertly directed first feature. Clapin’s willingness to be patient as a scene unfolds, to let the hand experience the surreal images from its perspective, to let the quiet captivate the audience is beyond impressive.


The A.V. Club by Mike D'Angelo

All of this letdown occurs only in the last 15 or so minutes, however. Until then, it’s good grotesque fun watching the hand make its way across town, scuttling Thing-like on its fingers. (Make it a double feature with the Addams Family reboot, if you like.)


Variety by Peter Debruge

I’d hazard to say it’s one of the most original and creative animated features I’ve ever seen: macabre, of course — how could it be otherwise, given the premise? — but remarkably captivating and unexpectedly poetic in the process.

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