I Lost My Body

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First show: November 23

“‘I Lost My Body’ Is the Most Hauntingly Beautiful Animated Movie of the Year.” – The Daily Beast

“A visually sumptuous slice of macabre storytelling.” – Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

“One of the most original and creative animated features I’ve ever seen: macabre, of course… but remarkably captivating and unexpectedly poetic.” – Peter Debruge, Variety

Naoufel, a young man who is in love with Gabrielle.

A hand-drawn hand stars in French director Jérémy Clapin’s engrossingly lyrical debut, “I Lost My Body,” a life-affirming work of graphic poetry that stands as the sole animated selection at Cannes’ Critics’ Week. Inventively adapted from Guillaume Laurant’s 2006 novel, “Happy Hand,” this bona fide treasure is sure to leave its melancholic fingerprints all over the viewer’s soul. The film’s title refers to what its protagonist, a severed right hand, would note as its current predicament. Separated from the body of Naoufel (Hakim Faris), an orphaned young man who feels adrift, the sentient extremity escapes the lab where it has been kept since a grim accident caused the detachment. Suffering from what’s best explained as reverse phantom limb syndrome, the hand aches to reunite with its rightful owner. Clapin, working from a place of utmost earnestness, depicts its voyage through Paris, an urban maze riddled with perilous adversaries and traps, as the most paramount of missions. Humor is present in the trials the hand undergoes, but the charmingly bizarre narrative shouldn’t be taken as parody. TheWrap

Directed by Jérémy Clapin. 2019. France. In French with English subtitles. Animation.  DCP. 81 min.


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