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Prospect recommends: The best films this month

"A film more about children than for them, perhaps"

By Francine Stock  


My Life as a Courgette

Released on 5th May

This animated film about a 10-year-old boy in care, nicknamed Courgette by his late mother, is stop-motion social realism. It was enthusiastically received at festivals from Cannes to Sundance. The script by Céline Sciamma (director of Girlhood) is touching but doesn’t sentimentalise, undercutting pathos with belly laughs. Swiss director Claude Barras plays on the physical reality of the foster home (standing full-square like a child’s drawing); a picturebook outing to the mountains reconciles the fantasies and fears of abused…

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