The Girl Without Hands (La Jeune fille sans mains)
The Girl Without Hands (La Jeune fille sans mains) (2017)

In hard times, a miller sells his daughter to the Devil. Protected by her purity, she escapes from the Devil who, in revenge, deprives her of her hands. So begins a long journey towards the light... The Girl Without Hands is the audacious… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 21, 2017
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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

Writer-director (and co-editor) Sèbastien Laudenbach strives and largely succeeds in his effort to produce a finished animated film with the vivacity and evocative power of a rough sketchbook.

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Sheila O'Malley

Laudenbach's style is haunting. Some of his artwork stops you in your tracks. What he does best is create a palpable sense of dread without pushing, without tilting into melodrama.

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Nick Schager
The Daily Beast

A formally daring convention-defier that, in ways both bold and subtle, puts most of its genre brethren to shame.

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Leah Pickett
Chicago Reader

This striking animated adaption of a Brothers Grimm fairy tale makes a lean and dark story feel sweeping and warm.

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Monica Castillo
New York Times

Although this film's style is soft and colorful, it does not rub out the emotional sharpness of a story dealing with betrayal, suicide and death.

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Rebecca Pahle
Film Journal International

Visually innovative fairytale adaptation should appeal to fans of experimental animation.

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Charles Solomon
Los Angeles Times

Girl is a welcome reminder that animation doesn't have to be synonymous with realistically rendered CG, but can be a means of artistic expression as uniquely personal as a signature.

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Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter

A Brothers Grimm tale is given a rather grim if beautifully rendered makeover in The Girl Without Hands (La Jeune fille sans mains), which marks the feature debut of French animation director Sebastien Laudenbach.

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Derek Smith
Slant Magazine

The film creates a deeply rooted sense of realism that contrasts the austere, surreal illustrations.

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