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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Shows the courage, determination, and resourcefulness necessary to become whole after tragedy. Cleverly, and with compassion, portrays the renewal of hope, spirit, and heart.
Positive Role Models
A severed hand (the movie's "hero") is brave, resourceful, and driven to succeed at all costs. Another leading character slowly finds his way to move forward after all seems lost. French and Middle Eastern characters.
Violence & Scariness
Some bloody and disturbing animated images: A human hand is severed in an accident; a bird is strangled; a rolling eyeball is squished; rats face death by fire. Blood splatters in multiple scenes. A boy on a bike is hit by a car. Fatal car accident. A fist fight in a bar.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
In a brief shot, characters are interrupted during sex. Drawing of a penis.
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Profanity and swearing includes "f--k," "s--t," "crap," "pissed off," "a--hole," "goddamn," "take a dump."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A sequence in a bar shows a young man drinking to excess out of sadness and frustration. Characters smoke cigarettes; a cigar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that I Lost My Body is a French animated film based on Guillaume Laurant's book Happy Hand. In this unconventional but engaging story, a severed hand's journey is integrated with the tale of its owner in both the present and past. Expect both sad events and warmhearted moments, as well as some macabre, grisly scenes (a bird is strangled, an eyeball is smashed, blood splatters). There's profanity ("f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "goddamn," etc.), and a drawing of a penis. A couple's very brief sexual activity is interrupted. One character, in a despondent mood, drinks in a bar, becomes drunk, then gets into a bar fight. This unorthodox, award-winning movie is available in both English and French (with English subtitles). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This French adventure, which moves through an unromanticized Paris, is as unexpected as it is whimsical and beautiful; viewers who let themselves be drawn into its magic won't be disappointed. I Lost My Body's animation is wonderful. The music, by Dan Levy, is pitch-perfect. The movie won multiple awards at film festivals, topped by the Critics' Week Grand Prize in Cannes 2019, the first time an animated feature has been so honored. Mature teens who value ingenuity and brave filmmaking will most likely find it very special. (Note: In a second viewing -- both French-language and English-language versions were screened -- the film is even more resonant.)
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