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I Lost My Body

J'ai perdu mon corps

Jérémy Clapin

Animated, Fantasy, Romance

FrenchEnglish SubtitlesFrance201981 min

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Overview

French director-animator Jérémy Clapin earned the top prize in the Critics’ Week section at Cannes for this bizarre yet captivating animated adventure about a severed hand in search of its body, which he adapted from the novel Happy Hand by co-screenwriter Guillaume Laurent (who also penned Amélie).


Young Moroccan orphan Naoufel makes pizzas in Paris. Smitten by the sweet librarian Gabrielle, he is too shy to make his feelings known, so he volunteers to apprentice at her uncle’s carpentry studio. Meanwhile, in a medical lab across the city, his disembodied hand has escaped from a refrigerator and begun a long, macabre journey to reconnect with its former owner. Obstacles in its way include vicious rats, a stray pigeon, and a frightening escalator ride. As clues to how Naoufel and his hand got separated accumulate in flashbacks to his childhood, the question echoes: Will the two reunite? It remains in the hand of fate.

Producer: Marc Du Pontavice | Editor: Benjamin Massoubre | Screenwriter: Jérémy Clapin, Guillaume Laurant
Cast: Hakim Faris, Victoire Du Bois, Patrick d'Assumçao