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My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017)



Critic Consensus: My Life as a Zucchini's silly title and adorable characters belie a sober story whose colorful visuals delight the senses even as it braves dark emotional depths.

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After his mother's sudden death, Zucchini 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 at times strange and hostile environment. But with Raymond's help and his newfound friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own. Brought to life through striking character designs and expressive stop-motion animation, the story soars with laughter, sorrow, and joy, and stands as a testament to the resilience of the human heart. Beginning with its debut at Cannes, the film has stirred up an overwhelming response on the festival circuit, taking home top jury and audience prizes at Annecy, Melbourne and Angoulême, as it prepares to melt hearts in North America with its premiere at Toronto.


Will Forte
as Mr. Paul
Amy Sedaris
as Aunt Ida
Erick Abbate
as Zucchini
Ness Krell
as Camille
Finn Robbins
as Georgie
Susanne Blakeslee
as Ms. Paterson
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Seeing the world through a child's eyes can be pretty eye-opening. Watching My Life as a Zucchini, the altogether marvelous and Oscar-nominated stop-action animated film by director Claude Barras, that world is one you will not soon forget.

March 9, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie can be funny and heartbreaking at once-Zucchini's only keepsake of his mother is an empty beer can-though in the end what registers most is the children's resilience when "there's nobody left to love us."

March 9, 2017 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
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Along with the kids' sorrow, Barras works uplift and lightness into the story, and there are moments of great joy.

March 8, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Seattle Times
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The film is a real rarity, made even more so by the fact that what has moved us so profoundly are a bunch of pop-eyed plasticine figures.

March 3, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Christian Science Monitor
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The sins of the fathers (and mothers) are visited upon the children in Claude Barras's brief, stop-motion tale of little ones finding love among the ruins.

March 3, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
San Diego Reader
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It may not sound like it, but calling this barely 70-minute Swiss stop-motion film "heavy" - as in substantial and almost swollen with feeling - is a true compliment.

March 2, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
Washington Post
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Though it isn't really special, a lot of people will find it hard to resist this sweet and tender story full of heart about abandonment and friendship, given the realistic way it talks about its themes and its expressive characters made in a very lovely stop-motion animation.

Carlos Magalhães
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