I LOST MY BODY
In this offbeat, award-winning feature debut from celebrated animation director Jérémy Clapin, a severed hand makes its way through a treacherous cityscape in search of its lost owner.
Adapted from a novel by Amélie co-writer Guillaume Laurant, I Lost My Body is, on one hand, the story of a lost appendage seeking the human from which it was violently separated. Inexplicably sentient after its detachment, the hand sets out on a perilous trek through Paris, encountering rats, traffic, and all other manner of urban hazards en route to its body. But while the hand’s saga might be the most strikingly unusual aspect of I Lost My Body, it’s not the only journey tracked in this eerie, enchanting animated feature. The film also chronicles the story of Naoufel (Hakim Faris), a young Moroccan man scraping together a meager living by working as a pizza delivery boy. Naoufel makes the acquaintance of spunky librarian Gabrielle (Victoire Du Bois) and becomes obsessed with getting to know her, even talking his way into a job in her uncle’s carpentry workshop. Switching between the hand’s visceral, action-packed odyssey and Naoufel’s poignant efforts to create a better life for himself, this impressive debut feature is as emotionally incisive as it is visually inventive.
CAST: HAKIM FARIS, VICTOIRE DU BOIS, PATRICK D’ASSUMÇAO
In Competition: First Feature Award
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