A story of Naoufel, a young man who is in love with Gabrielle. In another part of town, a severed hand escapes from a dissection lab, determined to find its body again.


Jérémy Clapin


Jérémy Clapin (adaptation), Guillaume Laurant (adaptation) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hakim Faris Hakim Faris ... Naoufel (voice)
Victoire Du Bois Victoire Du Bois ... Gabrielle (voice)
Patrick d'Assumçao ... Gigi (voice)
Alfonso Arfi Alfonso Arfi ... Naoufel enfant (voice)
Hichem Mesbah Hichem Mesbah ... Le père (voice)
Myriam Loucif Myriam Loucif ... La mère (voice)
Bellamine Abdelmalek Bellamine Abdelmalek ... Raouf (voice)
Maud Le Guenedal Maud Le Guenedal ... La bibliothécaire (voice) (as Maud Le Guénédal)
Nicole Favart Nicole Favart ... Madame Lussac (voice)
Quentin Baillot Quentin Baillot ... Le patron de la pizzeria (voice)
Céline Ronté Céline Ronté ... La mère du bébé (voice)
Deborah Grall ... La copine de Raouf (voice) (as Déborah Grall)
Pascal Rocher Pascal Rocher ... Le pianiste aveugle (voice)
Bruno Hausler Bruno Hausler ... L'automobiliste / L'éboueur (voice)
Jocelyn Veluire Jocelyn Veluire ... Le commentateur de foot et reportage (voice)


In a Parisian laboratory, a severed hand escapes its unhappy fate and sets out to reconnect with its body. During a hair-raising escapade across the city, the extremity fends off pigeons and rats alike to reunite with pizza boy Naoufel. Its memories of Naoufel and his love for librarian Gabrielle may provide answers about what caused the hand's separation, and a poetic backdrop for a possible reunion between the three. Based on Guillaume Laurant's novel "Happy Hand." Written by Netflix

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An extraordinary journey in self-discovery.


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Although the film never names the hand, in the screenplay she is referred to as Rosalie. See more »


The map on the bathroom door mistakenly reads Turkey above Greece whereas the name Greece (as well as the countries above it) is omitted. See more »


Gabrielle: Once you've dribbled past fate, what do you do?
Naoufel: You try to keep away from it. You run blindly... and keep your fingers crossed.
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Mesmerising animation let down by ending
9 December 2019 | by MuckyMuckMan73See all my reviews

I Lost My Body is a captivating watch thanks mainly to the incredibly textured animation, but unfortunately I felt a little let down by the narrative which just seemed to go nowhere with no obvious resolution. Told through present day and two different periods of flash back we follow the hand of Naoufel which is desperate to reconnect with its owner after an accident. Prior to his accident we are drip fed information that Naoufel has had a tumultuous upbringing losing his parents in a car accident, growing up with an unloving foster parent whilst working unsuccessfully as a pizza delivery man instead of his early ambition to be a pianist or astronaut. It resonates for sure (I wanted to be a pilot or illustrator growing up, neither fulfilled like Naoufel). But after a failed pizza delivery his focus is given clarity in the form of Gabrielle. All the narrative jumps back and forth to weave the narrative together but its in the final act when the timelines converge that unfortunately Director Jérémy Clapin gave me no satisfying closure. I don't mind ambiguity in a film but this just seemed to peeter out without resolution. Undeniably the animation is mesmerising. Every frame is wonderfully drawn with texture on every surface, unlike many animated films which solely rely on one layer of shading to give form to a 2D image. The movement of the hand is also superb giving it a personality of its own as it goes on an urban assault course, avoiding both human and animal peril in order to find it's host. The music by Dan Levy is also brilliant and almost hypnotic adding atmosphere to the proceedings. Although not a perfect film I Lost My Body is a beautifully crafted animated film that might be more rewarding on repeat viewings but initially is somewhat of a disappointment due to it's ending.

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