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My Life as a Zucchini (2016)

Ma vie de Courgette (original title)
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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.

Director:

Claude Barras

Writers:

Céline Sciamma (screenplay writer), Germano Zullo (contributing writer) | 5 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 22 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gaspard Schlatter Gaspard Schlatter ... Courgette (voice)
Sixtine Murat Sixtine Murat ... Camille (voice)
Paulin Jaccoud Paulin Jaccoud ... Simon (voice)
Michel Vuillermoz Michel Vuillermoz ... Raymond (voice)
Raul Ribera Raul Ribera ... Ahmed (voice)
Estelle Hennard Estelle Hennard ... Alice (voice)
Elliot Sanchez Elliot Sanchez ... Jujube (voice)
Lou Wick Lou Wick ... Béatrice (voice)
Brigitte Rosset Brigitte Rosset ... Tante Ida (voice)
Natacha Koutchoumov ... Courgette's Mother (voice) (as Natacha Varga-Koutchoumov)
Monica Budde Monica Budde ... Mme Papineau (voice)
Adrien Barazzone Adrien Barazzone ... Mr. Paul (voice)
Véronique Montel Véronique Montel ... Rosy (voice)
Romane Cretegny Romane Cretegny ... Fillette (voice)
Evelyne Bouvier Evelyne Bouvier ... Maman de la fillette (voice)
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Storyline

Courgette (Zucchini) is an intriguing nickname for a 9-year-old boy. Although his unique story is surprisingly universal. After his mother's disappearance, Courgette is befriended by a police officer Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this strange, at times, hostile environment. Yet with Raymond's help and his new-found friends, Courgette eventually learns to trust and might find true love.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and suggestive material | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Switzerland | France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

24 February 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Life as a Zucchini See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,853, 26 February 2017

Gross USA:

$309,766

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,873,256
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Switzerland for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 89th Academy Awards in 2017. See more »

Quotes

Raymond: OK... Where's your father?
Courgette: Here... And there's my dad's chick. Mum always said he liked chicks very much
Raymond: Alright...
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Crazy Credits

About halfway through the credits, we see an animated sequence based, apparently, on the lead actor's audition tape. See more »

Connections

Version of C'est mieux la vie quand on est grand (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Eisbär
Written by Martin Eicher
Performed by Grauzone
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A tender, affecting little film
5 June 2017 | by DeathstrykeSee all my reviews

"My Life as a Courgette" is such a simple story and simplicity really is the film's greatest strength. There is no flamboyant animation, no huge narrative arc, no gargantuan obstacles to somersault over, no chaotic chase sequences, no loud, yappy dialogue...basically nothing like what you might expect if this same story was told by an American studio.

At 66 mins, it's short and to the point, quiet, contemplative and starkly sad, yet filled with uplifting moments of hope and tenderness, which it conveys without ever feeling contrived or overly- sentimental.

The young French voice cast are terrific (I do hope anyone reading this review watches the French version and not the American dub). They do well to convey the vulnerability behind the broken characters. That, and I think some of the lines just sound so much better in French - the way the brattish Simon spits out the word "potet" was particularly amusing to me.

The animation is rather basic and the character's faces are not hugely expressive, but enough emotion is conveyed through body posing, vocal performance and composition that you would need a heart of stone not to feel for the young gang of misfits.

By the time the bitter-sweet end credits song kicked in, I was noticing a little moisture in the corner of my eye. Not sure the kids in the audience enjoyed it as much as I did though....which is an important point really. This film is NOT intended for young children. It deals with adult themes like death, neglect and abuse, in a very delicate way mind, but still, it's not something that's going to entertain the 'fidget spinner' generation.


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