Movie Review - My Life as a Zucchini
The film is French but I watched the version with American actors having dubbed the voices. Eric Abbate plays Icare, a 9-year-old boy who finds himself in an orphanage called Fontaines. As such, this movie could easily draw comparisons to Oliver Twist and Annie, except the orphanage in this film isn't a nightmare. It's like Short Term 12, but for younger children. It's almost a refuge or shelter from bad situations.
It's never stated, yet implied that one child is there because her father was a sexual predator. Another child's father was a thief. A different child's parents got deported. Icare is nicknamed "courgette," which is French for zucchini, and Zucchini's situation is a bit different. All the other children are sheer victims, and what Zucchini did was an accident, but he in fact caused himself to be an orphan at least when it comes to his mother.
At first, Zucchini doesn't acknowledge the reality of his situation or actions. Later, he does, but the movie never really reconciles what he did. It seems like he eventually just forgets his mother even existed. It's not to say he should feel guilty, but he never mentions her again, which felt like a hole in this movie's narrative.
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and suggestive material.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 10 mins.