Review: My Life as a Zucchini

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.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: A+

Memorable Quote: "There's no one left to love us." - Simon (Romy Beckman)

8 comments:

  1. I've heard a lot about this film. If it comes around me on TV, I'll give it a look.

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    1. It's so great, I hope it comes on TV so you can watch it. I know it's going to be on DVD soon.

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  2. Ahh I'm so glad this is good! I haven't heard much about it till now. The UK has to wait till June but it'll be worth it :)

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    1. Yes it will! It's such a wonderful little film.

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  3. I've only been hearing great things about this one. Looking forward to seeing it myself.

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    1. I hope you like it! I fell in love with it obviously.

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