★★★★★ – Irish Times
★★★★ – Guardian
This tender Oscar-nominated animation defies pre-conceived notions of what to expect from a film for young audiences. First-time director Claude Barras uses a Tim Burton stop-motion style to create big-eyed, fragile beings, thrown together in a hostile world.
Nine-year-old Icare, nicknamed Courgette, arrives with a beer can souvenir of his late, alcoholic mother at a foster home, a place full of rejected kids, each fighting for survival among the cast of bullies, loners and misfits.
The combination of respectful characterisation and distinctive style is hugely affecting, yielding a film of youthful angst with a complete difference.
My Life As A Courgette will have OC screenings at 14.00 on June 6th and 18.30 on June 7th. The OC screenings will be shown in the dubbed English version. All other screenings will be in the original French version.
(Notes by Alicia McGivern.)
Don’t forget we now schedule weekly.