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The Girl Without Hands

La jeune fille sans mains

Panorama | Vancity Theatre Screening

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 her long journey towards the light… but in spite of her resilience and the new protection of a handsome prince’s estate, the Devil devises a plan of his own.

We are familiar with whitewashed and sentimentalized ani-daptations of the Brothers Grimm tales by way of Walt Disney. This lovingly rendered French feature preserves the full flavour of the original tale’s macabre and sensual aspects, using a beautifully lush but fluid technique involving hand painting on glass.

Caution: includes animated nudity and violence.

"Breathtakingly beautiful! A fascinating graphic dream… a work that continues to reinvent itself before our eyes!" Telerama

"Exquisite! Creates a magical make-believe world that kids can both comprehend and fear." Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter

Director: Sébastien Laudenbach
Country of Origin: France
Year: 2016
Running Time: 76 mins
Format: DCP
Classification: PG
Language: In French with English subtitles
Related Links: Website & Trailer
Cast: Anaïs Demoustier, Jérémie Elkaïm, Philippe Laudenbach, Olivier Broche


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