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The Painting (2013)



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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) Gkidsmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Animation, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Jean-Francois Laguionie, Anik Leray
In Theaters:
Box Office: $15.1k
G-Kids - Official Site


Kamali Minter
as Lola (English versio...
Jessica Monceau
as Lola (French version...
Michael Sinterniklas...
as Ramo (English versio...
Adrien Larmande
as Ramo (French version...
Eden Riegel
as Claire (English vers...
Chloe Berthier
as Claire (French versi...
Marc Thompson
as The Great Chandelier...
Jacques Roehrich
as Le Grand Chandelier ...
Vinnie Penna
as Quill (English versi...
Thierry Jahn
as Plume (French versio...
Colin Depaula
as Gum (English version...
Julien Bouanich
as Gom (French version)
Spike Spencer
as Magenta (English ver...
Thomas Sagols
as Magenta (French vers...
Christopher Kromer
as Graymorgan (English ...
Jérémy Prévost
as Monsieur Gris (Frenc...
Mary Elizabeth McGly...
as Florence (English ve...
Steven Blum
as Self Portrait (Engli...
Jean-Francois Laguio...
as L'autoportrait et Le...
Colleen O'Shaughness...
as Harlequin (English v...
Céline Ronte
as Garance (French vers...
JB Blanc
as The Painter/Venice P...
Sam Riegel
as Silhouette (English ...
David B. Mitchell
as Pierrot/Grim Reaper ...
Magali Rosenzweig
as Orange de Mars (Fren...
Michel Vigne
as Le Capitaine (French...
Jean Barney
as Le peintre de Venise...
Serge Faliu
as Pierrot (French vers...
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Critic Reviews for The Painting

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6)

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.

Full Review… | June 7, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

Creative, colorful, and unexpectedly wise, "The Painting" is the latest offshore animation to show to kids burned out on computer-generated Hollywood toons.

Full Review… | May 24, 2013
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 23, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Lovely but lifeless 'toon is none too subtle in delivering its multicultural moral.

Full Review… | May 15, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Short on narrative sophistication but visually a true objet d'art.

Full Review… | May 9, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

Helmer Jean-Francois Laguionie's consistently enjoyable, inventive and beautifully crafted tale is a color riot suitable for all ages.

Full Review… | December 30, 2011
Top Critic

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.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

'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...


Super Reviewer

"The Painting" is, for lack of a better term, a work of art. It is clearly a cartoon for adults and not just because of the nude painting. The story is a parable about unfairly judging others and would likely be of little interest to younger children. While some might scoff at this story for lacking "maturity," the simplicity of its plot allows us to full absorb the visual beauty without distraction. This is especially helpful if you are watching with English subtitles while trying to enjoy the artistry on this canvas... and the artistry off of the canvas as these characters venture out of the paintings and into the real world. The animators faced a tough challenge as the world inside of each painting took on a different style from Picasso to Matisse, but the end result is an enormous success. The surrealist colors of the Allduns are stunning and effectively contrasted by the simple black and white appearance of the charcoal Sketchies. The backdrops come to life and the conversations between paintings are very clever. I wouldn't give this film Disney ratings when it comes to storytelling abilities, but "The Painting" is a feast for the eyes that should not be overlooked.

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