- dir. Claude Barras
- year. 2016
- country. Switzerland
- run-time. 70 min
- rating. PG
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After his mother's sudden death, Courgette 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 hostile environment. But with Raymond's help and his newfound friends, Courgette eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own. Brought to life through striking character designs and expressive stop-motion animation, the story soars with laughter, sorrow, and joy, and stands as a testament to the resilience of the human heart.
The film has a rating of 98% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 123 reviews, with an average rating of 8.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "My Life as a Courgette's silly title and adorable characters belie a sober story whose colorful visuals delight the senses even as it braves dark emotional depths.
"...Barras succeeds brilliantly in his stated ambition to “make a film about children that speaks to them about abuse and its remedies in today’s world”." Mark Kermode - the Guardian