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I Lost My Body

J'ai perdu mon corps

A severed hand searches for its owner in this striking animation, which grabbed the Grand Prize at the Cannes Critics' Week.

Dir Jérémy Clapin
Prod Marc du Pontavice
Scr Jérémy Clapin, Guillaume Laurant
With Hakim Faris, Victoire du Bois, Patrick Dassumçao
France
2019
81min
UK Distribution Netflix
With English subtitles

In an eerie Parisian hospital, a disembodied hand inexplicably begins to move. Scurrying out into the bustling streets of the capital, the macabre manus begins a perilous quest to be reunited with the body it was separated from. Meanwhile, in another part of the city, lonely pizza delivery boy Naoufel still grieves the tragic loss of his parents as a child. One rainy night, he fleetingly encounters a young woman named Gabrielle. Sensing a connection, Naoufel embarks on his own mission to track her down. While its morbid starting point suggests a modern-day The Beast with Five Fingers, Jérémy Clapin’s beautifully realised curio is not out to scare. Instead, this elegiac coming-of-age tale offers a wildly ambitious, profoundly moving meditation on grief, destiny and the eternal search for belonging.

Michael Blyth

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