I Lost My Body | Review by Chirag Raveendran

Have you ever started watching a movie and were left confused as to where exactly the plot will lead us but keeps you captivated with its unique storytelling and a wonderful background score?

I am sure you might have. I lost my body is one such movie. Once you start there’s no going back. It’s a French animated drama fantasy film directed by Jeremy Clappin and released in 2019. It was also nominated for best animated feature film at the 92nd academy awards. The movie follows two parallel narratives on Naoufel and his severed hand. Even though one is actually a part of the other they seem like two separate characters trying to survive in a slightly dark yet realistic world.

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The movie starts with a young man named Naoufel, lying on the ground covered in his own blood alongside a severed hand. From there on the story is split into two perspectives. The severed hand trying to escape from it’s fate of being kept captive in a plastic bag inside a Parisian laboratory and reuniting with its body while Naoufel tries to escape from the captivity of his tragic past which had led him to a dull and monotonous life. There are times where in the movie makes you feel like the severed hand is the lead character as even when the story is about Naoufel the movie keeps focusing on the hand which is still attached to him. The movements of the hand when it is attached to Naoufel seems to be calm where as the severed hand seems terrified and clueless after its separation just like Naoufel after his separation from his parents.

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Once escaping from the bag, it slowly learns how to stay steady, crawl and then goes on a quest to find its body while mastering how to walk, crawl, jump, climb and even fight when required. In its riveting quest to reunite with its body it fends of pigeons, and rats, navigates through traffic using an umbrella as a parachute, almost gets crushed by a train and then rides the train hanging by a loose wire at the bottom. Even though the hand has no face we can still feel the numerous emotions being felt by it, be it panic, fear, melancholy or relief thanks to the brilliant background score. Both Naoufel and the severed hand keep remembering their childhood when everything was perfect but ends tragically which leads him to an adulthood where he is struggling to cope with this new reality and is trying to get used to being detached from his family just like the severed hand who is struggling to cope with its detachment from its body.

Both Naoufel and the severed hand keep remembering their childhood when everything was perfect but ends tragically which leads him to an adulthood where he is struggling to cope with this new reality and is trying to get used to being detached from his family just like the severed hand who is struggling to cope with its detachment from its body.

Naoufel ends up being an unsuccessful, lonely pizza delivery guy with everything going against him. One rainy day while delivering a pizza he ends up having a long conversation with a lady by the name Gabrielle over an intercom which inspires him to transform his life and becomes the turning point of his life. From there on Naoufel tries to get in touch with Gabrielle while in the other narrative the hand tries to get in touch with Naoufel. There is this particular conversation between Naoufel and Gabrielle in which Naoufel asks her if she believes in destiny and tells her how we think we can change it but it’s an illusion unless you do something irrational.

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The entire movie is about how the lead characters end up doing something irrational to find their own ways to wholeness with a possible reunion of the three. The movie switches between stories so beautifully that it takes a while to realize if it’s just the hand or the entire body. The movie is all about destiny, tragedy, broken hearts and body parts beautifully woven together with an amazing story adapted from the novel “Happy Hand” along with beautiful yet realistic visuals and a soul touching background score. If you are looking to watch something to help you with your soul-searching, look no further and watch I lost my body.


About the Writer

A movie buff who might forget the plot after watching them but remembers the feel till the very end. Movies, in a lot of ways have been like a guru to me. They have helped me in polishing my views, in opening my eyes and in makin me more empathetic and understanding towards others.

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