Sunday, April 7, 2019

My Life as a Courgette

My Life as a Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette; also titled My Life as a Zucchini) is a 2016 Swiss-French stop motion comedy-drama film directed by Claude Barras.
Icare lives with his mother, who has become an alcoholic due to Icare's father abandoning the family. One day when his mom comes after him in a drunken rage, Icare accidentally pushes her down the stairs, causing her death. 
Later on, Icare makes a deposition to Police Officer Raymond. He informs him that he prefers to be called "Courgette", his mother's nickname for him. As mementos, he keeps one of his mom's beer cans and a kite he made with a drawing of his father as a superhero.
Raymond brings Courgette to an orphanage. Simon, one of the kids there, initially picks on Courgette and tries to force him to say what happened to his parents. After a fight over the kite, Simon warms up to Courgette and explains that he's the one who knows about all the kids' backgrounds. He then points out the backstories of the other kids, whose parents are either deceased or, as in Simon's case, in trouble with the law. Courgette then tells him about what happened to his own mother.
And yes, a few berets appear in this beautiful, moving film.

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