7.8/10
11,002
26 user 170 critic

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.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Reviews
Popularity
3,241 ( 89)

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 20 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A man is shipwrecked on a deserted island and encounters a red turtle, which changes his life.

Director: Michael Dudok de Wit
Stars: Emmanuel Garijo, Tom Hudson, Baptiste Goy
The Levelling (2016)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Somerset, October 2014. When Clover Catto (Ellie Kendrick) receives a call telling her that her younger brother Harry (Joe Blakemore) is dead, she must return to her family farm and face ... See full summary »

Director: Hope Dickson Leach
Stars: Ellie Kendrick, David Troughton, Jack Holden
Toni Erdmann (2016)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO's life coach.

Director: Maren Ade
Stars: Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn
Lady Macbeth I (2016)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In 19th-century rural England, a young bride who has been sold into marriage discovers an unstoppable desire within herself as she enters into an affair with a worker on her estate.

Director: William Oldroyd
Stars: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton
Grave II (2016)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When a young vegetarian undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school, an unbidden taste for meat begins to grow in her.

Director: Julia Ducournau
Stars: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella
Forushande (2016)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

While both participating in a production of "Death of a Salesman," a teacher's wife is assaulted in her new home, which leaves him determined to find the perpetrator over his wife's traumatized objections.

Director: Asghar Farhadi
Stars: Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini, Babak Karimi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World.

Director: Sean Baker
Stars: Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An estranged family gathers together in New York for an event celebrating the artistic work of their father.

Director: Noah Baumbach
Stars: Adam Sandler, Grace Van Patten, Dustin Hoffman
Edit

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)
...
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)
Edit

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

24 February 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

My Life as a Zucchini  »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

€6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,472, 26 February 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$292,279, 7 April 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$219,663, 19 March 2017
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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...
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Making of: Ma vie de Courgette (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Le Vent nous portera
Lyrics by Bertrand Cantat
Music by Bertrand Cantat, Denis Barthe, Jean-Paul Roy & Serge Teyssot-Gay
Performed by Sophie Hunger
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A story of caring and sentiment without being sentimental.
13 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

"Many people, for many reasons, feel rootless - but orphans and abandoned or abused children have particular cause." Christina Baker Kline

Stories about orphans such as Dickens' Oliver Twist have a special place--they remind us of what a gift family is. Having loving parents and siblings provides safe haven from hunger of the stomach and the heart. Claude Barras' moving stop- motion animation, My Life as a Zucchini, explores the plight of seven young orphans with emphasis on Zucchini, a name given to him by his drunken mother.

As he goes off to an orphanage, he discovers more challenges than being with his mom, whose memory he keeps by carrying around one of her discarded beer cans. The usual bully (Simon) is in residence along with some meek kids and with Camille, a saucy ten year old ready to take on Simon's cynicism and Zucchini's love.

As you can tell by the entrance of Camille, all is not lost at this homeless haven, much less the emerging sense of cooperation and compassion. The film gently approaches each major crisis with equanimity, relying not on easy solutions or catastrophes but on the emerging sense of cooperation and sincere love.

It's difficult to determine what makes this animation so human with its characters and their eccentricities; all I know is that I felt deeply about each orphan right down to the wicked aunt. It's not sentimental, mind you, just powerfully humane and deserving its Oscar nomination for best animation.

Could it be the Keane-like big eyes, so expressively alive with emotion? Possibly so. At any rate, this animation will appeal to all ages and answer some age-old questions about the depth of loneliness and the salvation adoption can bring.

"Orphanages are the only places that ever left me feeling empty and full at the same time." John M. Simmons


16 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 26 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page