French | Subtitled | Animation
A stop-motion animation feature film
Courgette is an intriguing nickname for a 9-year-old boy. Although his unique story is surprisingly universal. After his mother’s sudden death, Courgette is befriended by a kind police officer, Raymond, who accompanies Courgette to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. Courgette struggles at first to find his place in this strange, at times hostile, environment. Yet with Raymond’s help and his newfound friends, Courgette eventually learns to trust, find true love and at last a new family of his own.
I fell in love with Gilles Paris’ book, Autobiography of a Courgette, a tender and poetic coming of age story. The story and its tone brought me back to my childhood and reminded me of my first emotional flutters as a moviegoer. With this animated film adaptation, I wanted to share with today’s public a bit of these wondrous and formative emotions that have nurtured and shaped my experience. But this film is also, and above all, a homage to neglected and mistreated children who do the best they can to survive and live with their wounds.
It is this message, at once simple and profound, that seemed essential to convey to our children. And the wish to share this message was what guided me during the course of directing the film.