Simply Exquisite: My Life as a Courgette at Chapter Arts.

Last
night we had a lovely trip to Chapter Arts to catch a movie we’ve
been very keen to see since we saw the trailer. My Life as a
Courgette is one of those films that strike you, both visually and
because of the techniques implemented to make it a reality; I can
only imagine how much dedication went into designing and creating
such a world.
George
and Molly were very excited too, and it was great to be able to show
them (and Warren) the gorgeous screen with the twinkling lights and
this air of cinema from so long ago.
The
story follows Courgette, a young boy who inadvertently kills his
alcoholic mother. A kind police officer takes Courgette to a foster
home
for other ‘unwanted’ and ‘unloved’ children, where he eventually
makes friends. One day a young girl, Camille, arrives and she and
Courgette connect instantly. What follows is a surge in love between
the friends, the threat of losing Camille forever and finally the
chance of a happy ending.
First
of all I want to say that stop-motion animation is probably my
favourite thing ever to watch. I think it shows
such skill, especially when it evokes such emotion and feeling. I sat
with Molly in awe as I watched the characters form their words, their
smiles, their movements, and all I could think was, ‘This must have
taken forever…’
The
fact that someone has the patience for this kind of art, it’s just
outstanding. I loved how their faces were formed, their bodies with
long spaghetti arms and their pinched ears and noses. It all had a
sense of reality, a gritty reality that flowed alongside the
storyline.
Courgette
was simply adorable, and I wanted to help him from the beginning of
the movie! Even in the darkest times he still held this connection to
his mother, but over time and surrounded by the right people, he
begins to trust other people and a new kind of family is formed.
I
really loved the honest portrayal of children, the way they act and
talk, the things they say about sex and relationships are hilarious
and it just had this very open and honest vibe. At times it reminded
me of Stand By Me or The Goonies, the kids saving the day, with lots
of comical and quirky moments along the way.
I
also loved the length of this film, it kept my children’s attention
for the whole time, but any longer and I think they would have become
distracted. Molly liked Camille and George liked Courgette and they
both thought the ending was lovely. I could have easily had another
half hour of story, maybe a bit more of a crisis for Camille, but
then that’s me!
This
film is stunning from start to finish, and it opens up topics
children might need to talk about (how other children live, kindness
etc). I think it’s a beautiful film with an important story, and I
can’t wait to see it again!
My
Life as Courgette is showing tonight at 8.30pm and tomorrow at
2.30pm and 6.10pm. 

Disclosure: I received tickets in exchange for review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. 

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