My Life as a Courgette (Ma vie de Courgette)

Thursday, 22 June 2017, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2016, Switzerland | France, 66 minutes, (PG)
Director – Claude Barras

Nine-year-old Icare, known to his friends as ‘Courgette’, finds himself in a local orphanage after the accidental death of his abusive mother. Here he meets a group of children, each with their own emotional burdens and traumas to bear. Rather than dwelling on their misfortunes, the kids adopt a pragmatic approach to leading their lives, finding ways to co-exist in relative harmony. And the arrival of young Camille gives Courgette his first taste of hope and possible romance.

Despite its disarmingly uncomplicated look, this stop motion animated feature is one for older children and teens, as well as adults. It deals with its mature themes subtly and with respect, exploring the ways we adapt to the future and make the best of our lives. Claude Barras, working with an inventive script by Céline Sciamma has created a funny, engaging and moving film with an unexpected depth and sense of beauty.


IMDb – My Life as a Courgette / Ma vie de Courgette
Rotten Tomatoes – My Life as a Courgette / Ma vie de Courgette



  • A Sweet Tale. It showed how you cant take things on face value
  • Excellent animation – very charming rendition of the importance of childhood and touching on a theme not normally associated with cartoon
  • Interesting contrast between storoy and the medium
  • Delightful end of season film. A happy ending with no sentimentality. Warming simplicity with humour
  • Lovely animation but the story was too lightweight and totally unbelievable
  • A touching film. A good end to the season
  • Loved it
  • Garish graphics and unattractive story – banal and boring
  • Gently, warm, but telling the story of sad, insecure children …beautiful puppets and scenery. More films like this please
  • A refreshingly different film.
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