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
DVD Release Date: May 23, 2017
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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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Rafael Rosales Santos

It stands out for its simplicity and sobriety, with animation in traditional Stop motion that without making use of elaborate scenographies, fulfill their function to tell us this story and works great. [Full review in Spanish]

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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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Donald Clarke
Irish Times

The film is a beautifully balanced visual marvel.

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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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Daniel Krauze
El Financiero

A beautiful surprise with moments of sweetness, where the orphans learn to comfrot each other. [Full review in Spanish]

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% 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