The animated story recounts the early life of an introverted nine-year-old orphan named Icarus. His mother nicknamed him Zucchini. From then on, Icarus proudly keeps the Zucchini moniker to honor his mother's memory.
|Zucchini, photo by Jose Hermosillo © 2016 Festival in LA|
|Claude Barras Director of "My Life as a Zucchini," photo by Jose Hermosillo © 2016 Festival in LA|
Zucchini and his friends have one thing in common: all of them lost their parents in particular circumstances.
Barras comments that no matter how obscure the story is, we always find ways to tackle those critical subjects with children. As the Brothers Grimm did in Germany with their dark stories told in their own exciting way.
The Autobiography of Zucchini is a dark novel that departs from the depiction of a kid who kills his mother with a shotgun. Those tragic stories happen almost every day in real life; not many are able to tell.
“My Life as a Zucchini” is a faithful adaptation to the screen from Gilles Paris’ Autobiography. Screenwriter Celine Sciamma (“Tomboy”), laid down on the page an elegant and subtle screenplay. She knew the story had to be up for kids of all ages. So, she wrote a less ghastly adaptation from the writer’s experience.
Inside the Fountain’s Foster Home, Zucchini and his “diverse” buddies are from different backgrounds and represent the most needed inclusion and diversity in cinema.
The Zucchini gang is teaching us an unforgettable lesson, “No matter how rough life can be, there is always hope for a better future.”
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Simone is the red-headed sloppy boy, the one who knows everybody's story. Ahmed is the soul of the party. Jujube is the chubby, gluttonous/hypochondriac. Alice is the shy blonde who hides under her hair. The gentle African girl is Beatrice. And Camille is everybody’s sweetheart, a proactive, confident, lovable girl.
|Camille and her collection of lips. Photo by Jose Hermosillo © 2016 Festival in LA|
Without sugar coating, "My Life as a Zucchini" draws the spectator from the begging till the end. The story flows smoothly with continuity, good pace, and gratifying surprises.
|Max Karli & Pauline Gygax, producers, "My Life as a Zucchini." Photo by Jose Hermosillo © 2016 Festival in LA|
|Director and producers. Photo by Jose Hermosillo © 2016 Festival in LA|
|Film critic Jose Hermosillo, Director Claude Barras © 2016 Festival in LA|