The Girl Without Hands | Chicago Reader

The Girl Without Hands

76 minutes 2016

This striking animated adaption of a Brothers Grimm fairy tale makes a lean and dark story feel sweeping and warm. A young woman eludes the Devil, a shape-shifter who's unable to touch her because she's too pure. He tempts the girl’s father, a poor miller, into cutting off his daughter’s hands in exchange for an eternal river of gold; later, when the girl meets and marries a kind prince, the Devil plots to divide them. By employing hazy scenery and impressionistic squiggles to convey disturbing action, writer-director Sébastien Laudenbach crafts a hauntingly beautiful atmosphere that suits the allegory. Even when the protagonist's dreamlike world turns nightmarish, her strength and virtue burn bright. In French with subtitles.

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