|I Lost My Body, USA Poster. Photo courtesy Netflix ©2019|
|I Lost My Body, Gabrielle, and Naoufel. Photo courtesy Netflix ©2019|
Gabrielle is a self-absorbed hard-working woman who looks after her old father, the owner of a carpentry shop, which is in danger of closing.
To break his uninflected routine and to be close to Gabrielle, Naoufel becomes employed at the older man’s shop, where his life will change forever.
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|Jérémy Chapin, director and Guillaume Laurant, writer. I Lost My Body. Photo José Alberto Hermosillo, Festival in LA ©2019|
Mr. Laurant received his first Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Amélie in 2001. He also co-wrote A Very Long Engagement in 2004.
In Laurant’s newest collaboration, viewers can get a sense of his innovative “freestyle poetry” throughout his narrative, proper use of dialogs, and symbolism:
|Jérémy Chapin, director of I Lost My Body. Photo José Alberto Hermosillo, Festival in LA ©2019|
First-time director Jérémy Chapin took a modern approach to the narrative and structure from the book. The auteur teamed up with Mr. Laurant in adapting the script. Chapin’s style consists of making visible the invisible, which he masterfully achieves in "I Lost My Body."
“I Lost My Body” is a psychological fiction reaching universality and addressing lost love, and other meaningful subjects.
The stunning soundtrack composed by Dan Levy is cosmical, mystical, and whimsical. We perceive ambient sounds blending in with classic, electronic, ethnic, contemporary, French rap, and lullabies. Digging deeper, there is a fusion of Buddhist and Middle Eastern music that identifies with every character and complements the film's unique haunting atmosphere.
|I Lost My Body, French poster. Netflix ©2019|
Chapin's experimental narrative explores different genres and mixes them all together; action, drama, suspense, romance, and even horror. The concept, bold and volatile, works perfectly.
|I Lost My Body, Q&A. Photo José Alberto Hermosillo, Festival in LA ©2019|
In recent years, only a handful number of animated films can be considered existentialist, “Waking Life,” 2001 and “A Scanner Darkly,” 2006; both films directed by Richard Linklater ("Boyhood"). Salma Hayek's production of Kahlil Gibran's poems “The Prophet,” 2014. “My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea,” 2016, and the Oscar-nominated Swiss-made stop-motion animation “My Life as a Zucchini” also from 2016.
This highly original European animation is set apart from Hollywood’s conventional narrative by exploring more daring subjects with a fresher approach. If "I Lost My Body" was Pixar, the Hand would be talking.
|I Lost My Body, sign. Photo José Alberto Hermosillo, Festival in LA ©2019|
“I Lost My Body” won numerous awards, becoming the first animated film to win the Critic’s Week Grand Prize at Cannes 2019, COLCOA Audience Award, and Best Feature Award at the Annecy Film Festival. It also won three Anny Awards, including Best Independent Animation, Best Music, and Best Writing. The film crowned its award season with a César Award, and an Oscar-nomination for Best Animated Feature.
To say, "I lost my body" is equal as declaring, "I lost myself."
Symbolically speaking; in life, one is not only losing a part of the body but losing dreams, goals, jobs, friendships, parents, love, and hope.
|Jérémy Chapin, director. Guillaume Laurant, writer. I Lost My Body. Film critic José Alberto Hermosillo, Festival in LA ©2019|
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