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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 23 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Trivia

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

Referenced in AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: Sci-Fi Special Feature (2019) 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
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touching characters
28 September 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Icare or as he prefers, Zucchini, lives with his drunken single mother. He accidentally kills his mom and is sent to a children's home. Police officer Raymond befriends him. Simon bullies him but becomes a good friend. New girl Camille arrives and he falls for her.

This is an European stop-motion animated film. It has an unusual intriguing look. The character designs have a beautiful ugliness. My only drawback is its shorter running time. There is something odd about this inbetween length and leaves me missing something. I do like Simon's turn especially. Initially, he is a full-on bully but he turns into one of the most compelling character in the movie. The story has some real heart. This is an Oscar nominated animation.


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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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