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My Life as a Courgette (PG)

Animation, Comedy, Drama

After losing his mother, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love.

The critical consensus

Beautifully animated, scored and written, Barras’ little movie has a big heart. C’est fantastique.

****(*)James Mottram, Total Film, 29/05/2017

The only downside to this charming and disarmingly thought-provoking gem is that it lasts a mere 66 minutes. Few would complain if a sequel came along.

****(*)David Parkinson, Empire Online, 30/05/2017

This is a film that should appeal both to adults and to older children. (Younger ones will surely find some of its themes upsetting.)

*****Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 31/05/2017

A superlative family film, and one that dares to be different.

*****David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 01/06/2017

It is funny but conveys important sentiments about trauma, survival, the kindness of strangers and our shifting sense of what a loving family can be. Highly recommended.

*****Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 02/06/2017

Claude Barras’s Oscar-nominated debut, a lovely stop-motion animation set in a French orphanage, is expressive, subtle and beguiling.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 02/06/2017

A young boy is sent to a children’s home in a frank and affecting animation about abused youngsters finding strength through solidarity.

*****Mark Kermode, The Observer, 04/06/2017

Claude Barras’ idiosyncratic portrayal of both the anxieties and joys of childhood is never condescending to its young audience, while being filled with sensitivity, wit and fortitude in the face of adversity.

*****Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 06/06/2017

Features about My Life as a Courgette (PG)

How I wrote My Life as a Courgette, by Celine Sciamma

David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 02/06/2017

Where and when?

Edinburgh Filmhouse, Edinburgh from Monday July 3, 2017, until Thursday July 6, 2017. More info:

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow on Tuesday July 11, 2017. More info:

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