I Lost My Body

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I Lost My Body
Theatrical film poster
FrenchJ'ai perdu mon corps
Directed byJérémy Clapin [fr]
Screenplay by
Based onHappy Hand
by Guillaume Laurant
Produced byMarc du Pontavice
Edited byBenjamin Massoubre
Music byDan Levy
Distributed byRezo Films[1]
Release dates
  • 17 May 2019 (2019-05-17) (Cannes)[2]
  • 6 November 2019 (2019-11-06) (France)[3]
Running time
81 minutes
Box office$1.1 million[4]

I Lost My Body (French: J'ai perdu mon corps) is a 2019 French adult animated fantasy drama film[5] directed by Jérémy Clapin [fr], based on the novel Happy Hand by Guillaume Laurant. It premiered in the Critics' Week section at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival,[6] where it won the Nespresso Grand Prize, becoming the first animated film to do so in the section's history.[7] The film was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 92nd Academy Awards, but lost to Toy Story 4.


A severed hand escapes from a refrigerator in a laboratory and begins a journey across the suburbs of Paris to reunite with its body, Naoufel. His story is told via flash-backs.

Being very little in Morocco, Naoufel aspires to be a pianist and an astronaut and records his day-to-day life on a tape recorder. During a car journey, he distracts his father while he is driving, causing a crash. He survives, but both of his parents are killed. He is forced to live in France with his emotionally distant uncle and his crude cousin. Now, Naoufel works as a pizza deliveryman, often criticized by his boss for being late. On one occasion, Naoufel delivers a pizza to Gabrielle, at her apartment block. They never see each other, as Naoufel is unable to get through the lobby's malfunctioning security door, but have a conversation through the intercom, and Naoufel becomes infatuated with her and is ready to make everything in order to seduce her.

Naoufel tracks Gabrielle to the library where she works and follows her to a near-by neighborhood where she drops off medicine to a carpenter, her uncle Gigi. Naoufel, seeing an ad for an apprentice in the window, quickly uses this as an excuse for why he is there. Gigi is reluctant but accepts after learning that Naoufel is an orphan. Naoufel moves out of his uncle's house and into an attic apartment provided by Gigi. He learns the tools of the trade and edges closer to Gabrielle, though he never mentions their first encounter.

After a conversation about the arctic, Naoufel builds a wooden igloo on a rooftop of a near-by building for Gabrielle. Returning home one day, he finds his cousin talking to Gabrielle, and finds that he has invited them both to a party. That evening, Naoufel takes Gabrielle to the rooftops, where they discuss fate and Naoufel wonders if it can be changed by doing something unexpected, such as leaping from the roof onto a near-by crane. Naoufel shows Gabrielle the igloo he built and reveals that they had met before when he delivered pizza. Gabrielle is upset, fearing that Naoufel had taken advantage of Gigi solely in order to pursue her. Gabrielle leaves in a rage. Hurt, Naoufel goes to his cousin's party alone and gets into a drunken fight. The next morning, Naoufel goes to work hung-over, sporting a black eye. While cutting wood on a bandsaw, Naoufel is distracted by a fly and tries to catch it, snagging his watch on the blade and severing his hand.

The hand eventually reaches Naoufel and lies on his bed while he sleeps, but it cannot 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 does not 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 leapt 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.

Voice cast[edit]

Character French English dub[8]
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


In May 2019, following its Cannes premiere, Netflix acquired the worldwide distribution rights to the film, excluding France, Turkey, China and the Benelux region.[9]

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.[10]


Box office[edit]

I Lost My Body grossed $1,106,777 in France and $29,654 in Turkey, bringing its total box office earnings to $1,136,431.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, I Lost My Body has an approval rating of 96% based on reviews from 83 critics, and an average rating of 8.1/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "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."[11] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 81 out of 100 based on reviews from 19 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[12]

Jordan Mintzer of The Hollywood Reporter called the film "A highly original and rather touching account of loss, both physical and emotional."[13] 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."[14]


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipients Result Ref.
Critics' Week 22 May 2019 Nespresso Grand Prize Jérémy Clapin Won [15]
Annecy International Animated Film Festival 15 June 2019 Cristal for a Feature Film Won [16]
Audience Award/Première Won
Detroit Film Critics Society Awards 9 December 2019 Best Animated Feature I Lost My Body Nominated [17]
San Diego Film Critics Society 9 December 2019 Best Animated Film I Lost My Body Won [18]
Critics Choice Awards 12 January 2020 Best Animated Feature I Lost My Body Nominated [19]
Los Angeles Film Critics Association 12 January 2020 Best Animated Film Jérémy Clapin Won
Best Music Score Dan Levy Won
American Cinema Editors 17 January 2020 Best Edited Animated Feature Film Benjamin Massoubre Nominated [20]
Annie Award 25 January 2020 Best Animated Feature — Independent Xilam, Netflix Animation Won [21]
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 Awards 9 February 2020 Best Animated Feature Jérémy Clapin and Marc du Pontavice Nominated [22][23]
César Award 28 February 2020 Best Animated Film I Lost My Body Won [24]
Best Original Score Won
Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated


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