Life is hard.
Courgette (Erick Abbate) is a 9 year old boy who lives with his alcoholic mother. She calls him "Zucchini" which he insists on being called after he's taken away from her and sent to live at a group home by a policeman named Raymond (Nick Offerman) At first he has trouble fitting in, but when a new girl Camille (Ness Krell) comes to live at the home, he develops a crush that causes him to open up a bit more.
I didn't realize at first that I was going to see the English dub of this Oscar nominated cartoon from Switzerland. At first, it bothered me a bit, not getting to hear it in French, but the moment Offerman started speaking that all went away. His voice, like many of the others is perfect.
An animated movie about a foster home is a hard sell, but My Life as a Zucchini manages to explore some very heavy themes all while keeping it somewhat light. The children are beautifully naive at times, and at others so sad and fragile. It reminded me at times of Short Term 12, only told from the child's perspective. I can't help but feel so much affection for this film. It doesn't have any missteps.
Memorable Quote: "There's no one left to love us." - Simon (Romy Beckman)