- 01 Jun 17
Exquisite Stop-motion film subverts what we expect from children's narratives
A 70-minute film featuring stop-motion puppets that look like emojis styled by Tim Burton is the unexpected source of this year’s most enchanting and nuanced coming of age story. Director Claude Barras is at the helm of My Life As A Courgette – Switzerland’s Oscar entry for Best Animated Feature – which is told through French. Exquisitely constructed, bright coloured puppets with large heads populate the world in which our main character, Courgette, lives.
The emotional heft of the story doesn’t detract from the charm of the protagonists, with the film’s humour and joy jumping off the screen, as oversized and unmissable as the characters’ adorable faces.