I Lost My Body, now nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, is a good example of just how far ingenuity can get you. It’s a creative, mind-boggling affair, full of expressionistic animation, yet falls short of its intended heights. Watching it feels profound, beyond that feels muddled.
I Lost My Body follows two stories: First the story of Naoufel (Hakim Faris/Dev Patel), a young man attempting to find peace and love in the face of his tragic life and second, the story of how a dismembered hand is attempting to find its body. There’s plenty of thematic material to be mined out of how a piece of person is both created and at what point it’s time to let it go…I Lost My Body just never quite gets into that exploration.
Instead, it opts to use these plots to dance around these themes.