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Tuesday, 16 May 2017


aka My Life as a Zucchini

Claude Barras' stop-motion animated film Ma vie de Courgette should definitely win the award for most colorful depressing film of the year.
After a young boy accidentally kills his alcoholic mother he's sent to a foster home where he meets all sorts of troubled children who share similar stories.
With many of the children characters sporting stitches and bruises, clearly from domestic violence, it's not your usual cheery animated fare.  It explores some emotional depth and mature themes that tales these vibrant looking don't normally dare to.  It's not often kid-centric films like these are so honest, like you just know some of these kids are never going to fine, but it's essential to tell an authentic story that leaves a lasting impression.  

4 beer cans out of 5

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