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MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE

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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.

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