The Painting (2013)
In this wryly inventive parable, a kingdom is divided into the three castes: the impeccably painted Alldunns who reside in a majestic palace; the Halfies who the Painter has left incomplete; and the untouchable Sketchies, simple charcoal outlines who are banished to the cursed forest. Chastised for her forbidden love for an Alldunn and shamed by her unadorned face, Halfie Claire runs away into the forest. Her beloved Ramo and best friend Lola journey after her, passing between the forbidden Death Flowers that guard the boundaries of the forest (in one of the film's most radiantly gorgeous scenes), and arriving finally at the very edge of the painting - where they tumble through the canvas and into the Painter's studio. The abandoned workspace is strewn with paintings, each containing its own animated world - and in a feast for both the eyes and imagination, they explore first one picture and then another, attempting to discover just what the Painter has in mind for all his creations. (c) Gkids … More
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Critic Reviews for The Painting
With striking visuals reminiscent of Matisse and Chagall and a refreshingly (for domestic animation audiences) grown-up storyline, The Painting is almost reminiscent of, well, a work of art.
Creative, colorful, and unexpectedly wise, "The Painting" is the latest offshore animation to show to kids burned out on computer-generated Hollywood toons.
While the artist-as-deity concept was flattering enough to get "The Painting" nominated for a 2012 Cesar Award, its big ideas about equality and friendship are flatly 2-D.
Lovely but lifeless 'toon is none too subtle in delivering its multicultural moral.
Helmer Jean-Francois Laguionie's consistently enjoyable, inventive and beautifully crafted tale is a color riot suitable for all ages.
Le Tableau feels like Toy Story if it had been directed by Terrence Malick in an Italian opera that was written by William Shakespeare. It's so profound and moving that your heart fills to the brim with adoration and marvel.
The Painting may be too mature for younger kids...[and] may also be too simple for grown-ups. But for those able to overlook the obviousness, The Painting is both beautiful and affecting.
Made in sumptuously styled animation with a kaleidoscope of bright colours, this briskly-paced French production deals with themes of identity and imagination in a way that should entrance younger viewers...
A deeply allegorical work about coming to terms with a creator who may have left us behind but it's also just a delightful, romantic adventure with a visual palette far more engaging than most animated blockbusters this year.
May enthrall precocious kids as well as fine-arts-oriented adults - otherwise no big deal.
It's sophisticated and stunning, amusing and harrowing, and quite possibly one of the most interesting pictures of the year, raising the bar for CG-animated pursuits.
The film's aesthetic employs expressionism, realism, and cubism, but the morality plays are layered on as thickly and haphazardly as a toddler's finger painting.
A marvellous French animation unafraid of broaching big ideas with a potentially pre-teen audience.
Audience Reviews for The Painting
Figures leave the painting they live in and go searching for the Painter, trying to find out why he left the canvas they live in incomplete. If the story had been sketched out with as much loving detail as the beautiful Impressionist-style artwork, this might have been a masterpiece, rather than something that's just nice to look at.More
'The Painting'. A simple enough plot, thematically rich, and the most visually unique thing I've seen in years.
I do question the final message about changing one's self to fit in though...
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