How to take an ordinary love story of an orphan boy falling for a beautiful girl, and, turn it into an unforgettable work of art? Watch this one.
We have seen with animated films like Grave of the Fireflies (1988) or The Good Dinosaur (2015) the power to bring out human emotions of love, loss and joy, better than many of the live-action films. I Lost My Body (2019) is one such animation film.
While “I Lost My Body” is described as a film where a right-hand severed from the body, travels across Paris in search of its owner, it is more than that, a love story actually. It starts with a flashback of a young boy being trained to be an expert on science as well as on music personally by his well off parents. Following a sudden accident that kills his parents, the boy is forced to grow up at an unloved family. Yearning for affection, he falls in love with the voice of a girl while on his pizza delivery routine. Did he find the girl? Do they fall in love and live together? That’s the crux of the film.
While it was certainly grisly to watch on-screen a blood-soaked hand, we are captivated by its adventure in search of its owner. The hand walks, hides, retreats, beats, climbs, jumps and even scares away rats. Director Jérémy Clapin, has brilliantly intermixed the distant past, past and the present at two places, which keeps the story engrossing. The film may not work for everyone, but you certainly can’t stop thinking about it.
The film is available on Netflix.