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.

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Critic Reviews for My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette)

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It is a lovely little film, coming in at a novella-size 66 minutes.

Jun 2, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 9, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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."

Mar 9, 2017 | Full Review…

Along with the kids' sorrow, Barras works uplift and lightness into the story, and there are moments of great joy.

Mar 8, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 3, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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.

Mar 3, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette)

My Life as a Zucchini flies by in a scant 70 minutes but mines more depth of emotion than a drama twice its length. The nature of the production allows the disturbing script to deal with sensitive problems that might be off-putting in a live action movie. As performed with stop motion puppets the weighty issues take on a poignant charm. Sometimes children find themselves without a mom or a dad. The circumstances are many: some have passed on, others arrested, deported, or maybe they have just simply abandoned them. It's a heartwarming tale that doesn't sugarcoat the toughest thing a youngster may ever have to face. Yet somehow kids manage to weather the tribulations that life throws at them. The narrative delves into the need for a child, and anyone really, to feel loved. My Life As A Zucchini received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature Film well before it was even available in theaters. Now it has been officially released and it's still pretty hard to find. I suspect most people will have to discover this lovingly crafted gem once it's available to rent. And please do seek it out. It's an unconventional delight.

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

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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
Carlos Magalhães

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