32. I Lost My Body
Release Year: 2019
Directed By: Jérémy Clapin
Starring: Hakim Faris, Victoire Du Bois, Patrick d’Assumçao (French); Dev Patel, Alia Shawkat, George Wendt (English)
Release Date: Friday, Nov. 29
There’s not much by way of animated content coming to Netflix in November, and there’s even less children’s programming coming down the pipeline. To add to that, only two of the three animated titles feature on this list are targeted to the littlest binge-watchers. Conversely, I Lost My Body might be a touch existential for the kids. Nonetheless, the French animated film is the perfect watch for fans of foreign films and potential Academy Award nominees.
I Lost My Body begins in a Parisian laboratory, where a hand severed from its body elects to removes itself from its dismal life and, as the saying goes, gets up and walks away. The hand embarks on a mission to reconnect with its body, and it must face off against rants and pigeons in order to forge a reunion with Naoufel, the pizza boy who apparently lost a hand. The hand remembers Naoufel and the feelings he has for Gabrielle, a librarian, which could help answers questions about the hand’s removal from the body in a poetic tale of love and connection.
I Lost My Body comes from director Jérémy Clapin and Academy Award-winning writer Guillaume Laurant. The film made its first premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, where it screened in the International Critics’ Week section and won the Nespresso Grand Prize. It was the first animated film to win that award, and the film also won two honors at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, including the Audience Award and the Crystal for a Feature Film. Don’t miss this special movie when it makes its premiere on Netflix on the final Friday of November.