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My Life as a Courgette
(Ma vie de courgette)
Switzerland, France 2016
In French with Finnish and Swedish subtitles
For audiences aged 12 and above
|Leave it to a French-language stop-motion film to cut closer to the reality of the orphan experience than "Annie," "Matilda" or any number of like-minded live-action melodramas have over the years - assuming, of course, you can get past the whimsical fact that its parentless wretch sports blue hair and a potato-shaped noggin. Adapted from the Gilles Paris YA novel by France's most youth-savvy screenwriter, Celine Sciamma ("Tomboy," "Girlhood"), Swiss director Claude Barras' "My Life as a Courgette" tells a simple story simply, drawing its power from point of view, as a troubled 9-year- old recounts his stint in a group home following the death of his alcoholic mother.
Capturing and conveying that mood without lapsing into downbeat or depressive territory is harder than it sounds, but "My Life as a Courgette" finds that balance. -- On one hand, the cartoon is never afraid to be cute, but more importantly, it's committed to being real.
Peter Debruge / Variety
Director: Claude Barras
Claude Barras (born in 1973) is a Swiss illustrator and animator. My Life as a Courgette is his debut feature film and was nominated for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film. Last year it won the Grand Prize at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.
|Screenplay: Céline Sciamma & Claude Barras based on the novel Autobiografie d'un courgette by Gilles Paris
Animation: Kim Keukeleire
Production: Max Karli & Pauline Gygax / Rita Productions