A severed hand goes on a journey to find its body.
I Lost My Body (2019)
Directed by Jérémy Clapin
Written by Jérémy Clapin and Guillaume Laurant
Starring Hakim Faris, Victoire Du Bois, Patrick d'Assumçao
Based on the novel Happy Hand by Guillaume Laurant
Oscar Nominations - Best Animated Film
Netflix had a great 2019 and I Lost My Body is in the top tier of quality films they put out over the past year. It’s a French animated film that is based on the book by Guillaume Laurant called Happy Hand. Jérémy Clapin has written and directed various shorts, but this is his first feature length film. You can clearly see that the man has done plenty of work to prepare for I Lost My Body.
A severed hand escapes this lab and it clearly has intent on returning to something or someone. Then we are shown a young boy named Naoufel who the hand belongs to. The hand remembers being attached to the body and the memories that we are shown on the screen are mesmerizing. Shit, I could watch the hand make its way through Paris for days. It’s not just traveling back to Naoufel, but trying to figure out how they got separated in the first place.
I Lost My Body is a methodical piece of work that doesn’t allow you to look away. It’s animated, but it sure doesn’t lack in poetic power. It’s one of the most original and beautifully done animated films that I have ever seen. It nearly snuck into my Top 5 films of 2019, and maybe it will as time goes on because a rewatch is totally necessary.