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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 21 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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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Details

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:

€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
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Wilhelm scream: when one of the kids falls off his sled after being hit by a snowball. 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...
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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

References Shrek (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

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 kayan-15460See 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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