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My Life as a Zucchini / Ma vie de courgette

Directed by Claude Barras
France, Animation, 2016, 66 mins., in French with English subtitles

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. Very limited space available.
Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 at 10 a.m. Screening FULL, wait list only.

Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave.


Themes & Subjects: French, Foster System, Adolescence, Family Relations, Animation

Synopsis: Courgette (Zucchini) is an intriguing nickname for a 9-year-old boy. Although his unique story is surprisingly universal. 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. At first he struggles to find his place in this strange, at times, hostile environment. Yet with Raymond’s help and his new-found friends, Courgette eventually learns to trust and might find true love.

Resources for teachers:

Interview with the director (in French).

Educational packet / fiche pédagogique (in French).

Variety review (in English).


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