If you’re a fan of stop-motion animation (and if not, then what kind of sick monster are you?) we strongly recommend marking 2 June down in your viewing planner, as it’s the date when My Life as a Courgette (Zucchini if you’re reading this in America) is finally released in cinemas.
This charming first feature from French director Claude Barras has been winning admirers ever since it premiered in the Director’s Fortnight strand at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, including our own Elena Lazic, who described it as “brutally unsentimental”, “supremely humane” and “moving” in our first look review.
Based on a script from acclaimed writer/director Céline Sciamma (Girlhood), it tells the story of a young orphan, nicknamed Courgette by his peers, who is befriended by a police officer following his mother’s sudden death. At his new foster home he struggles to find his place before eventually learning to the true meaning of family and friendship.
It’s one of the most original and uniquely charming films we’ve seen in a long while, and the English-dub version features the vocal talents of Ellen Page, Nick Offerman and Will Forte and Amy Sedaris.
My Life is a Courgette is released in both subtitled and dubbed versions on 2 June.
Published 26 Apr 2017
By Matt Turner
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