When nine-year-old Courgette’s mother meets with an unfortunate accident, he is orphaned and taken to a foster home. There, he meets other young orphans, all dealing with the scars of their difficult childhoods. At first, Courgette struggles to find his place and identity. But together, he and his new friends discover the beauty in life, and learn to love and trust again.
Based on French novelist Gilles Paris’ Autobiography of a Courgette, Barras and screenwriter Céline Sciamma (Tomboy, Girlhood) inject a dimensionality to each character in the film, paying particular attention to how their lives are shaped by experience and adversity. Tackling the tough social-realist issues that affect children, humanizing their struggles with painstaking honesty and refreshing clarity, My Life as a Courgette is not only a triumph of stop-motion animation, but a wonderfully resonant story for the ages.
- Claude Barras is a Swiss illustrator and director. Co-founder of stop-motion studio Helium Films, My Life as a Courgette is Barras’ first feature, and premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. The film won top prizes at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival, and is Switzerland’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.
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