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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 19 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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:

$28,472 (USA) (26 February 2017)

Gross:

$292,279 (USA) (7 April 2017)
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Official submission of Switzerland for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 89th Academy Awards in 2017. 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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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 »

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Salut à toi
Written by Fanfan & Loran
Performed by Bérurier Noir
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Mature take on youth that still keeps a child-like tone
24 July 2017 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

My Life as a Zucchini was nominated for Best Feature Film at the 89th Academy Awards. And for a 70 minute feature, that says a lot. This French-Swiss stop-motion animation film takes on a mature content but never fails to keep its child-like tone and to an extent, its innocence.

It follows the story of Icare (but prefers to be called Zucchini), who lives with his alcoholic mother. After an accident, Zucchini has been sent to an orphanage by a policeman named Raymond. Zucchini's start at the orphanage is rough—thanks to the Simon, the bully. From there on, we are immersed into Zucchini's adventures as he learns of friendship, of family and of love.

This animated film ravel with its wonderful visuals that reminds us of the days when its was toys over tablets. In a way, this serves as a nostalgic treat for teenagers. Almost every scene carries a powerful meaning. But its greatest feat is looking at the lives of these children through a different lens—they are all abandoned, damaged or broken. One has her mom deported, the other has his father jailed— these are all mature themes but nevertheless, real.

But despite all that, Zucchini and his crew are all still children. They play, they dance, they sing. The film never stops to carry this child-like tone. The colorful aesthetics are impactful and an array of vibrancy spreads across the screen. It is a brave film that looks at life at an emotional depth. It's an eye-opening experience.


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