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Recommends Film

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 children. A film more about children than for them, perhaps. There’s a dubbed version but I’d recommend the gravelly and gravely comic young French voices on the original (with subtitles).

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In Prospect’s May issue: Neal Ascherson, Simon Jenkins, John Curtice and Frances Cairncross examine the growing divide between England and Scotland. Ascherson argues that England has become Scotland’s “neurotic neighbour,” while Jenkins says we should learn from history and prepare for Scotland to leave the Union. Cairncross and Curtice debate whether Scotland could afford to break with England and whether a fresh referendum on independence is actually winnable. Also in this issue: Jason Burke questions whether the world will be a safer place after the downfall of Islamic State, Paul Hilder examines how politics got tangled in the web and Michael White reviews a new book charting the history of the Daily Mail
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