My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette)
My Life as a Zucchini (Ma vie de courgette) (2017)

After his mother's sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home, filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this at times strange and… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 24, 2017
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: My Life as a Zucchini's silly title and adorable characters belie a sober story whose colorful visuals delight the senses even as it braves dark emotional depths.

Miriam Di Nunzio
Chicago Sun-Times

Seeing the world through a child's eyes can be pretty eye-opening. Watching My Life as a Zucchini, the altogether marvelous and Oscar-nominated stop-action animated film by director Claude Barras, that world is one you will not soon forget.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

The film is a real rarity, made even more so by the fact that what has moved us so profoundly are a bunch of pop-eyed plasticine figures.

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Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)

Its Claymation images, bizarrely imagined as they are, can't begin to mask the range of emotions Barras' characters want to convey.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The movie can be funny and heartbreaking at once-Zucchini's only keepsake of his mother is an empty beer can-though in the end what registers most is the children's resilience when "there's nobody left to love us."

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

The sins of the fathers (and mothers) are visited upon the children in Claude Barras's brief, stop-motion tale of little ones finding love among the ruins.

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Pilar Ayuso
El Nuevo Herald (Miami)

A crude drama told with charming simplicity. It shows us the human bestiality through its most innocent victims in a sweet and tender way that moves. [Full review in Spanish]

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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times

Along with the kids' sorrow, Barras works uplift and lightness into the story, and there are moments of great joy.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

It may not sound like it, but calling this barely 70-minute Swiss stop-motion film "heavy" - as in substantial and almost swollen with feeling - is a true compliment.

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Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Tough issues are not dismissed, but handled with delicacy and honesty.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Hobin
My Life as a Zucchini flies by in a scant 70 minutes but mines more depth of emotion than a drama twice its length. The nature of the production allows the… More
Carlos Magalhães
Though it isn't really special, a lot of people will find it hard to resist this sweet and tender story full of heart about abandonment and friendship,… More