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My Life as a Zucchini (2016)

Ma vie de Courgette (original title)
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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gaspard Schlatter ...
Courgette (voice)
Sixtine Murat ...
Camille (voice)
Paulin Jaccoud ...
Simon (voice)
Michel Vuillermoz ...
Raymond (voice)
Raul Ribera ...
Ahmed (voice)
Estelle Hennard ...
Alice (voice)
Elliot Sanchez ...
Jujube (voice)
Lou Wick ...
Béatrice (voice)
Brigitte Rosset ...
Tante Ida (voice)
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Courgette's Mother (voice) (as Natacha Varga-Koutchoumov)
Monica Budde ...
Mme Papineau (voice)
Adrien Barazzone ...
Mr. Paul (voice)
Véronique Montel ...
Rosy (voice)
Romane Cretegny ...
Fillette (voice)
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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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and suggestive material | See all certifications »

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24 February 2017 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

€6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$29,057 (USA) (24 February 2017)

Gross:

$219,663 (USA) (17 March 2017)
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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 »

Goofs

When Raymond and the kids arrive at Courgette's apartment, the door is blocked by police crime-scene tape. In the next shot, from inside the apartment, the door opens and the tape is gone. Even if it were a jump cut to a minute later, the tape would be visible on the floor. See more »

Quotes

Raymond: Your mum is no longer there, Icare.
Courgette: My name is Courgette!
Raymond: Courgette... Did your mum call you that? Hm. My name is Raymond.
Courgette: Did your mum call you that?
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About halfway through the credits, we see an animated sequence based, apparently, on the lead actor's audition tape. See more »

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

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Eisbär
Written by Martin Eicher
Performed by Grauzone
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Deeply touching, funny, human and quirky stop motion animated film from France.
30 December 2016 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Deeply touching, funny, human and quirky stop motion animated film from France.

While theoretically for kids, any film that opens with a depressed 9 year old accidentally killing his verbally abusive alcoholic mother (and treating it as sad black comedy) is not exactly aimed at 7 year olds.

There's a lovely emotional complexity to this brief feature (66 minutes), where life at an orphanage full of kids from circumstances as damaging and horrible as 'Zucchini's actually has a kind of odd sweetness. Characters evolve and show new sides, and are wonderfully voiced very naturally in part by real kids. Plus the adults at the orphanage, as well as the policeman who bring's Zucchini there really try to provide love, support and fun for their charges as best they can (and when have we ever seen THAT in a film or even book? 'Orphanage' and 'cop' are usually other words for 'evil'). That humanity makes the limbo where these deeply wounded but wonderfully resilient kids live rich and real – and often very funny.

I really appreciated how often I had no idea how things ( a plot twist or a relationship) would turn out. I liked the film from the start, but it just grew and grew on me as I watched it, topped off by a wonderfully odd 'outtake' after the film ends. Creative, alive and terrific.

NB: I had just finished writing this review when I learned that the film is being re-voiced by some (admittedly excellent) US actors for release here. That may work out great, but all the performances in the original are so lovely and perfect, that I would suggest seeing the subtitled version if at all possible.


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