Although his unique story is surprisingly universal. The film was nominated for the at the. Raymond takes some group photos of the kids before he leaves with Courgette and Camille. 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. Archived from on 20 April 2016. The animation style may be a bit of a tipoff: My Life as a Zucchini is not going to be an easy film.
Raymond reluctantly agrees to bring both kids to the outing. Simon, one of the kids there, initially picks on Courgette and tries to force him to say what happened to his parents. Courgette then tells him about what happened to his own mother. Courgette and Camille start to bond during an overnight vacation at a snow resort, where he refashions his mom's beer can into a toy boat for her. Camille does have a living aunt, but she is a spiteful woman who wants custody of Camille only for the money she'll get in taking her in. Courgette now keeps a group photo of the kids on his kite.
The haunting claymation features people with sallow faces and shadowed eyes on oversized heads, tragedy and pain made bloatedly manifest on their bodies. All of these children are weighted down by their betrayal by the world: in one particularly poignant moment, out together in a public place, the orphans watch with longing a mother tenderly interact with her young son, and speculate about them. There, Camille reveals that Simon had sneaked an into her toy boat that she's used to record her aunt insulting her mom and yelling at her. Simon is initially angry, but he ultimately coaxes a reluctant Courgette to go with Raymond. Though be warned: at 67 minutes, this only just qualifies as a feature. Its remarkable and palpable warmth and humanity surely contributed to its Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature this year, and indeed, it is a wonderful companion to , the Best Picture winner, in how it makes a very specific human story feel universal. The aunt loses her temper at Camille right in front of the judge, destroying her bid for custody.
Camille stows away in Raymond's car instead. Why does she drink so much beer? This is the second adaptation of ' 2002 novel Autobiographie d'une Courgette, as there was a French live-action adaptation called C'est mieux la vie quand on est grand which aired in 2007. 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. Raymond brings Courgette to an orphanage. It was screened in the section at the. Camille's aunt suddenly appears and angrily takes Camille away.
Raymond finally decides to take both Courgette and Camille in as foster children. At first he struggles to find his place in this strange, at times, hostile environment. It was also selected as the Swiss entry for the at the 89th Academy Awards, making the December shortlist. The three have fun at an amusement park and return to Raymond's house, where Raymond reveals that he has a son that never talks to him. After his mother's disappearance, Courgette go to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age.
Simon and Courgette sneak a look at her files and find that she had witnessed her father murder her mother for cheating on him, and then kill himself. Based on a book by Gilles Paris which does not appear to have been translated into English , and with a screenplay by Céline Sciamma — who wrote and directed the amazing , also full of keen insights into young minds — this is the first feature from Swiss filmmaker Claude Barras. Yet with Raymond's help and his new-found friends, Courgette eventually learns to trust and might find true love. Raymond plans to spend a holiday with Courgette, on the same weekend that Camille is supposed to spend with her aunt. One day, a new girl named Camille arrives, and Courgette develops a crush on her at first sight.
Later on, Icare makes a deposition to Police Officer Raymond. Nothing graphic is depicted anywhere in the movie, but the ideas it confronts revolve around harsh realities that too many real children have to figure out how to cope with. One day when his mom comes after him in a drunken rage, Icare accidentally pushes her down the stairs, causing her death. 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. And these people are mostly children: orphans abandoned by life, which has turned them either bullying or neurotic or withdrawn or just plain sad. While living with Raymond, Courgette still writes letters to the kids at the orphanage, maintaining that he, Camille and Raymond are people that still love them all.
A few weeks later comes the custody meeting with the judge. My Life as a Zucchini might, however, make some parents uncomfortable with the questions their newly empathetic offspring may well raise. . After his mother's disappearance, Courgette is befriended by a police officer Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. Courgette grows close to Officer Raymond as he regularly sends letters and drawings to him. .
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