Ma vie de Courgette
Courgette is not a vegetable, he’s a valiant little boy. But when he loses his mother suddenly, he finds himself orphaned and believes he is alone in the world. After arriving at the children's home, he does not expect to meet so many new friends. Simon, Ahmed, Jujube, Alice and Beatrice – they all have their stories, and they are as hard as they are tender. And then there's Camille. When you are 10 years old, having a group of friends, falling in love, there are things to discover and learn. So, why not be happy again?
A veritable gem of stop-motion animation, MA VIE DE COURGETTE is an adaptation of the book "Autobiographie d'une courgette" by Gilles Paris. After having directed a segment of the animated feature PATATE in 2006, director Claude Barras delivers a compassionate film of rare intelligence. Addressing adult themes through the eyes of Icarus, alias Courgette, a 10-year-old orphan, Barras’s film is a bittersweet poem, evoking a deep affection for its little clay figures.
It is not for nothing that the film has had an exceptional festival career, winning the Golden Globe 2016 for the best animated film, and then finding itself in the running for an Oscar. Fragile and strong at the same time, the characters in MA VIE DE COURGETTE share an extraordinary lesson in life, transforming their grief into courage. It’s not a film that leaves one unscathed, but you’ll walk out with a smile on your lips and a small tear in the corner of your eye.
- translated by Rupert Bottenberg