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|
Zucchini and his friends have one thing in common: they all 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.
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 can tell.
“My Life as a Zucchini” is a faithful adaptation to the screen of Gilles Paris’ Autobiography. Screenwriter Celine Sciamma (“Tomboy”) laid down an elegant and subtle screenplay on the page. 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 teaches 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, 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 to 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|