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516 Ratings

My Life as a Courgette

Ma vie de courgette

Directed by Claude Barras
France, 2016
Animation, Comedy, Family


After losing his mother, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love.
(Also known as My Life as a Zucchini.)

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My Life as a Courgette Directed by Claude Barras

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2016 | Directors' Fortnight

Academy Awards

2017 | Nominee: Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

San Sebastián International Film Festival

2016 | 2 wins including: European Film (Audience Award)

Little hero Zucchini’s travails are illustrated with a compassion and deferential gaze that has been compared to Truffaut’s The 400 Blows. Whereas Truffaut honed misfit youth through Antione Doinel’s ruptured monologues and persistent alienation, Barras and Sciamma rely instead on a multiplicity of dynamic voices and stories, instilling the film with a lasting sense of respect and camaraderie.
July 24, 2017
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This is a story that makes no bones about lunging directly for the jugular when it comes to broaching issues of tremendous social importance. There’s no elaborate metaphors or protective world building. This is animation that dares to engage with uncomfortable reality, plain and simple. It is, among other things, a gorgeous hymn to the social care system and the work undertaken by people who have dedicated their lives to caring for the vulnerable and unfortunate.
June 01, 2017
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Charmingly, if distractingly, the clothes of the puppets occasionally shift positions, betraying the handling by the animators between frames–as when the red star on Zucchini’s T-shirt inadvertently takes on a life of its own. But on the whole, the filmmakers have used simple means to give their figures considerable expressivity.
April 09, 2017
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