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My Life as a Zucchini

My Life as a Zucchini

Oct. 12, 2016 Switzerland, France 66 Min. PG-13
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Gaspard Schlatter isCourgette (voice)
Courgette (voice)
Sixtine Murat isCamille (voice)
Camille (voice)
Paulin Jaccoud isSimon (voice)
Simon (voice)
Michel Vuillermoz isRaymond (voice)
Raymond (voice)
Raul Ribera isAhmed (voice)
Ahmed (voice)
Estelle Hennard isAlice (voice)
Alice (voice)
Elliot Sanchez isJujube (voice)
Jujube (voice)
Lou Wick isBéatrice (voice)
Béatrice (voice)
Brigitte Rosset isTante Ida (voice)
Tante Ida (voice)

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My Life as a Zucchini :-Watch My Life as a Zucchini on 123moviestvshow.com,After his mother’s death, Zucchini is befriended by a kind police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. There, with the help of his newfound friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and love as he searches for a new family of his own.Couple of comments: this is a stop-motion animated film. I admit not being familiar with Swiss director Claude Barras, but regardless, Barras here brings a tale (based on the book “Autobiographie d’une Courgette”) that cuts close to the heart about the need for love and understanding. The boy, missing his father (whom he has painted on his kite) AND his alcoholic mother (it’s not clear what became of her, other that “she went away), is desperate for love and companionship as he makes his new life at the orphanage. The main characters are fully developed, with lost of nuance, and while there is quite a bit of humor in the film, the overall feeling is more bittersweet than anything. This movie is rated PG-13 for a reason and I would not recommend this for any kids younger than 9 or 10. BEWARE: the US theater release which I saw brings the movie in a dubbed version, sadly. It takes away from the charm of the movie, not to mention the originality (it’s like watching the Simpsons dubbed in French if you get my drift). That point is only driven home even more so since we get , after the movie’s end credits, a fake take-out of the boy being auditioned for the role, which is shown in French with subtitles, and you can immediately feel the difference in the voice characters. Shame on the US distributor for “dumbing down” the US release. Last but certainly not least, there is a delight soundtrack to this movie, courtesy of Swiss singer-songwriter Sophie Hunger (check out the heartbreaking tune that plays over the end credits). “My Life As a Zucchini” got an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature at the recent Oscars. The fact that it didn’t win is besides the point, this is a top-notch quality movie, period. My only other complaint, other than the US theater release being dubbed, is that I wasn’t ready to bid farewell to this film after just over an hour… (The screening was rounded out by another Swiss stop-motion animated shortie, the 8 min. delightful “The Genie In the Box of Raviolis”.)

Original title Ma vie de courgette
IMDb Rating 7.9 3,499 votes
TMDb Rating 7.8 80 votes

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