MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE
A 70 minute film featuring stop-motion puppets that look like emojis styled by Tim Burton is the unexpected source of this year’s most enchanting and nuanced coming of age story. Director Claude Barras’ exquisitely constructed, bright coloured puppets include Courgette, a soft-spoken boy with blue hair and huge expressive eyes that blink in fear when his abusive alcoholic mother screams at him. After a tragic accident, Courgette is sent to a foster home for parentless children – stories of crime, abuse, deportation and neglect are shared openly on the playground. “We’re all the same,”
flame-haired Simon tells Courgette. “There’s no-one left to love us.” But they can love each other, in a multitude of ways. The voice actors are perfectly cast, with the performances matching the puppet’s expressive faces, and the small psychological details indicating the characters’ desperate need for love. A film full of emotional heft and charm.