SFF 2017 review: My Life as a Zucchini

My Life as a Zucchini may have one of the silliest titles in film but don’t let that deter you, it’s quite interesting. It’s a vibrantly-coloured stop motion animation film from Switzerland about a recently-orphaned child adapting to the new environment of his foster home.

My Life as a Zucchini is one of the most peculiar balances in film I’ve seen recently. It has this level of maturity which will only be appealing to adults yet the film centers around children and their relationship with parents (or the lack thereof).

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The titular Zucchini.

For one thing, the colour in the visuals is so bright and cute and charming yet the opening scene sets this tone that you may be watching an MA15+ family drama. But this balance works well, as it creates a great juxtaposition between living a sad life and being happy, a juxtaposition I’m sure the film intended.

My main issue with the film is also one of my main praises towards it; the side-hero.

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Why does his hair remind me of cleaning up after my dog…

The side-hero can be seen in films like Hell or High Water and Lord of the Rings (Samwise), this is the character who isn’t the protagonist but who should be hailed as the driving force of good. In My Life as a Zucchini, this is Simon, a fellow red-headed orphan who befriends the titular Zucchini, but not before mocking him and making him feel unwelcome.

If this change from PG bully to unsung child hero had more development, it could’ve been wonderful, however the character shifts from one reputation to the other in a matter of seconds, leaving us with a feeling of anticipation for what should have already passed; the transition.

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My Life as a Zucchini is a cute film. You’ll most likely get to the credits and feel all warm and restored as faith in humanity is back in its place, but be prepared to take the good with the bad or more accurately; the cute with the sad.

3.5 / 5   amazingly named children

My Life as a Zucchini is playing at the Sydney Film Festival on the 10th, 12th, 17th and 18th of June (all at different venues) and if you want to catch tickets, you’ll want to head over to the SFF site here.

What did you think of My Life as a Zucchini? Could the film ever have a better title?

The answer is no. It couldn’t. How could you insinuate such a question?

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