I Lost My Body (French: J'ai perdu mon corps) is a 2019 French animated drama fantasy film directed by Jérémy Clapin [fr]. It premiered in the International Critics' Week section at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival,[4] where it won the Nespresso Grand Prize, becoming the first animated film to do so in the section's history.[5] The film was one of the five contenders for Best Animated Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards, losing to Toy Story 4.

I Lost My Body
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Theatrical film poster
FrenchJ'ai perdu mon corps
Directed byJérémy Clapin [fr]
Produced byMarc du Pontavice
Screenplay by
Based onHappy Hand
by Guillaume Laurant
Starring
Music byDan Levy
Edited byBenjamin Massoubre
Production
company
Distributed byRezo Films[1]
Release date
  • 17 May 2019 (2019-05-17) (Cannes)[2]
  • 6 November 2019 (2019-11-06) (France)[3]
Running time
81 minutes
CountryFrance
LanguageFrench[3]

PlotEdit

The film begins with a severed hand escaping from a refrigerator in a laboratory and beginning a journey across the city to re-unite with its body, a young man called Naoufel. His story is told via flashbacks.

As a boy, Naoufel aspired to be a pianist and an astronaut and recorded his day-to-day life on a tape recorder. During a car journey, he distracted his father while he was driving, causing a crash. He survived, but both of his parents were killed. He was forced to live with his emotionally distant uncle and his crude cousin. As a young adult, Naoufel worked as a pizza deliveryman, often criticised by his boss for being late. On one occasion, Naoufel delivered an pizza to a young woman, Gabrielle, at her apartment block. They never see each other, as Naoufel is unable to get through the lobby's security door, but have a conversation through the intercom, and Naoufel becomes infatuated with her.

Naoufel tracked Gabrielle to the library where she worked and followed her to a nearby neighbourhood where she dropped off medicine to a carpenter, her relative Gigi. Naoufel, seeing an ad for an apprentice in the window, asked about the position. Gigi was reluctant, but accepted after learning that Naoufel was an orphan. Naoufel moved out of his uncle's house and into an attic apartment provided by Gigi. He learned the trade and became closer to Gabrielle, though he never mentioned their previous encounter.

After a conversation about the arctic, Naoufel was reminded of something from their conversation over the intercom and built a wooden igloo on a nearby rooftop of a nearby building. Returning home one day, he found his cousin talking to Gabrielle, and that he has invited them both to a party. That evening, Naoufel took Gabrielle her to the rooftops, where they discussed fate and Naoufel wondered if it can be changed by doing something unexpected, such as leaping from the roof onto a nearby crane. He showed her the igloo he built and revealed that they had met before when he delivered pizza. Gabrielle was upset, fearing that he had taken advantage of Gigi, solely in order to pursue her and leaves. Hurt, Naoufel went to his cousin's party alone and gets into a drunken fight. The next morning, Naoufel went to work hungover. While cutting wood on a jigsaw, Naoufel is distracted by a fly and tries to catch it, snagging his watch against the blade and severing his hand.

The hand eventually reaches Naoufel, and lies on his bed while he sleeps, but it doesn't re-attach itself and eventually hides under the bed. Naoufel, depressed and hopeless, revisits his old tape recorder, which still has recordings of his parents – including the fatal car ride. Gigi attempts to talk to him, but Naoufel doesn't respond. Gabrielle comes to see him and finds his room empty. Inside the cupboard, she finds an igloo that his severed hand had built out of sugar cubes. After searching the empty igloo on the roof, Gabrielle finds Naoufel's old, abandoned tape recorder and discovers a new recording on it. Listening, she learns he had leaped off the ledge and onto the crane as he had once discussed.

After making the jump, Naoufel lies in the crane and smiles to himself as he looks out at the city. His severed hand retreats into the snow.

CastEdit

Character French
voice actor
English dubbing actor[6]
Naoufel Hakim Faris Dev Patel
Gabrielle Victoire Du Bois Alia Shawkat
Gigi Patrick d'Assumçao George Wendt
Young Naoufel Alphonse Arfi Tucker Chandler
The Father Hichem Mesbah Anouar H. Smaine
The Mother Myriam Loucif Sarah Lynn Dawson
Raouf Bellamine Abdelmalek Jonny Mars
Mrs. Lussac Nicole Favart Barbara Goodson
Baby's Mother Céline Ronté Tara Sands

ReleaseEdit

In May 2019, following its Cannes premiere, Netflix acquired the worldwide distribution rights to the film, excluding France, Turkey, China and the Benelux region.[7]

The film was released in France on 6 November 2019 by distributor Rezo Films. Netflix also gave the film a theatrical release in some countries, including the United States on 15 November and the United Kingdom on 22 November.[8]


ReceptionEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes it has an approval rating of 96% based on reviews from 72 critics. The site's consensus states, "Beautifully animated and utterly unique, I Lost My Body takes audiences on a singularly strange journey whose unexpected contours lead to a wholly satisfying destination."[9] On Metacritic the film has a score of 80% based on reviews from 19 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[10]

Jordan Mintzer of The Hollywood Reporter called the film "A highly original and rather touching account of loss, both physical and emotional."[11] Peter Debruge of Variety magazine wrote: "I'd hazard to say it's one of the most original and creative animated features I've ever seen: macabre, of course — how could it be otherwise, given the premise? — but remarkably captivating and unexpectedly poetic in the process."[12]

AccoladesEdit

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipients Result Ref.
International Critics' Week 22 May 2019 Nespresso Grand Prize Jérémy Clapin Won [13]
Annecy International Animated Film Festival 15 June 2019 Cristal for a Feature Film Won [14]
Audience Award/Première Won
Detroit Film Critics Society Awards 9 December 2019 Best Animated Feature I Lost My Body Nominated [15]
San Diego Film Critics Society 9 December 2019 Best Animated Film I Lost My Body Won [16]
Critics Choice Awards 12 January 2020 Best Animated Feature I Lost My Body Nominated [17]
American Cinema Editors 17 January 2020 Best Edited Animated Feature Film Benjamin Massoubre Nominated [18]
Annie Award 25 January 2020 Best Animated Feature — Independent Xilam, Netflix Animation Won [19]
Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature Production Dan Levy Won
Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production Jérémy Clapin and Guillaume Laurant Won
Academy Award 9 February 2020 Best Animated Feature Jérémy Clapin and Marc du Pontavice Nominated [20]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "J'ai perdu mon corps press kit" (PDF) (in French). UniFrance. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Programme des projections". La Semaine de la Critique of Festival de Cannes. Retrieved 13 November 2019. Friday, May 17
  3. ^ a b "I Lost My Body de Jérémy Clapin (2019)". UniFrance. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Discover the selection of the 58th La Semaine de la Critique | La Semaine de la Critique of Festival de Cannes". Semaine de la Critique du Festival de Cannes. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  5. ^ "French Animation I Lost My Body' Tops Cannes Critics Week Winners". Variety. 22 May 2019. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  6. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (30 September 2019). "Netflix Announces 'I Lost My Body' English Dub Cast; New Trailer".
  7. ^ Nyren, Erin (25 May 2019). "Netflix Snags Worldwide Rights to Cannes Winners Atlantics, I Lost My Body". Variety. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  8. ^ Amidi, Amid. "Netflix Sets Theatrical Release Dates For I Lost My Body And Klaus". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  9. ^ "I Lost My Body (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  10. ^ "I Lost My Body". Metacritic. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  11. ^ Jordan Mintzer (27 October 2019). "'I Lost My Body' ('J'ai perdu mon corps'): Film Review | Cannes 2019". The Hollywood Reporter.
  12. ^ Debruge, Peter (14 June 2019). "Film Review: 'I Lost My Body'". Variety.
  13. ^ Goodfellow, Melanie (22 May 2019). "Jeremy Clapin's I Lost My Body wins 2019 Cannes Critics' Week". Screen International. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  14. ^ "film-index-award-winner". Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  15. ^ "Detroit Film Critics Society names 'Parasite,' 'Marriage Story,' 'The Irishman' as top films in 2019". mlive. 9 December 2019. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  16. ^ "23rd San Diego Film Critics Society Awards" (Press release). San Diego Film Critics Society. 9 December 2019. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  17. ^ "25th Critics' Choice Awards" (Press release). Critics' Choice Awards. 8 December 2019. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  18. ^ "70th ACE Eddie Awards" (Press release). thewrap. 11 December 2019. Retrieved 11 December 2019.
  19. ^ "Annie Awards: 'Frozen 2,' 'Missing Link' Lead Year of Surprises and Snubs". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  20. ^ "Oscars 2020: The nominees in full". BBC News. Retrieved 13 January 2020.

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