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My Life as a Courgette

My Life as a Courgette
  • 2016
  • Switzerland, France
  • 66 min
  • Directed by: Claude Barras
  • Cast: Gaspard Schlatter (voice), Sixtine Murat (voice), Paulin Jaccoud (voice)
  • Language: French

Icare (Schlatter) is a nine-year-old boy who gets placed in an orphanage after the death of his alcoholic mother. Charming but profound stop-motion animated tale, skilfully adapted by Celine Sciamma (Girlhood) from Gilles Paris's novel; the kids' candid discussions about adult topics shows how much they have been through, yet it can be enjoyed by younger audiences.

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My Life as a Courgette

10 Oct 20165 stars

LFF 2016: Hugely lovable and perceptive animation from debut feature director Claude Barras

There's a tender and moving sequence very early on in Swiss director Claude Barras's profound stop-motion animation that visually sums up how the orphans in his debut deal with the trauma and tragedy that has been inflicted upon them. We see…

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