After his mothers sudden death, Courgette (Will Forte) is placed in a foster home filled with orphans his age. Befriended by a police officer, Raymond (Nick Offerman) and getting used to his new peers and surroundings Courgette eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own.
Having heard rave reviews of this beautiful animation, I was delighted to find it had become available on Amazon Prime. A lovely story wonderfully told I was enchanted from the first minute as we see Courgette home with his alcoholic mother. Told in a simple enough way but dealing with at times very complex issue My Life As A Courgette is for children and adults alike. No one should come away from the relatively short film unhappy or unserved by its message.
Heartbreaking at times, in particular when Simon (one of the boys at the home) tells Courgette everyones story, this film does not shy away from big issues. Instead it talks them through with a childlike logic that has a real authenticity to it. While an adult cast perform voice duties they speak as children would, a rarity in film at times where so often on screen children can find themselves filled with unrealistic dialogue and notions.
There is a sadness that runs throughout My Life As A Courgette that is shown in the slumped nature of the children and the rings of weariness around their eyes. These kids have had experiences that they should not have had to endure. There is however hope. Hope found in friendship and each other that, as the film progresses, renders itself in subtle smiles and deep laughter.
I was utterly charmed by My Life As A Courgette and would not hesitate in recommending it. Young or old can watch this and find a message that rings throughout. No matter how bleak circumstances may seem, there is hope, difficulties can be overcome and love exists not just for the few but for everyone.
My Life As A Courgette is available now on Amazon Prime / DVD and Blu ray.