“My Life as a Courgette” Review

31 May, 2017

Director: Claude Barras
Screenwriter: Céline Sciamma
Director of Photography: David Toutevoix
Cast: 
Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat, Paulin Jaccoud

Synopsis: The story of Icare, a young boy who must readjust to life in an orphanage after his alcoholic mother dies. Preferring to use the name ‘Courgette’, the boy sees his world transform following the arrival of a new girl who immediately catches his eye.

My Life as a Courgette Review:

A lovely little film from Blue Spirit Animation who use a Tracy Beaker tale of foster home upheaval to imaginatively depict the ins and outs of a parentless life. A short and sweet movie benefiting from the joys of a clipped running time, “My Life as a Courgette” refuses to outstay its welcome with a naïve context allowing imagination to flourish in response to a deficient upbringing, transferring a youngster to a new environment where childish interpretations denote fun rather than seclusion and abandonment.

Building a timeless story where a boy emerges from shelter and neglect with little abhor for his past experiences, Claude Barras and co. capture the essence of childhood with their titular ‘Courgette’ coming to learn the value of love and friendship while holding onto the nickname assigned to him by his mother. Cutely conceptualised and vibrantly presented with a striking colour palette, Barras catches eyes before he wins over hearts, using an innocent perspective to inquire over the nature of life and death in a film where desertion lies dormant in its foundations.

Claymation at its absolute wackiest, “My Life as a Courgette” feels strikingly different to its stop-motion predecessors, using imagery in a new and exciting fashion while mood charts, beer cans, and kites illustrate the shapes  of a unique perspective. There’s no denying the skill involved in a film of this calibre as the craftsmanship exceeds that of the average Disney movie with finger marks and stunted movements harking back to the good old days of “Wallace & Gromit” and other such classics. “My Life as a Courgette” smiles affectionately in the direction of times past, utilising a nostalgic perspective while dazzling those who’ve become accustomed to computer-generated art, making it impossible not to feel an inkling of emotion when presented with something of such purity.

 

   

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