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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.

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

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With red frosted noses, sleepy bobble eyes, and oversize, oblong heads, the stop-motion munchkins of My Life as a Zucchini are figures approached with curious affection.

March 13, 2020 | Full Review…

This isn't just good writing, it's humane and honourable. Every child here feels like a real human being, and as such is accorded a dignity the world invariably hasn't extended to them in their lives to date.

June 5, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

My Life as a Courgette isn't perfect (some of the adult characters lack nuance) but its attempt to redefine innocence is stirring.

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

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

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

Somewhere in the mysterious space between the script and the animation, My Life as a Courgette boasts moments of (yes, whisper it) essential human truth that will leave you floored.

June 1, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a little masterpiece.

June 1, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | 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

Super Reviewer


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

Super Reviewer

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