The Painting Reviews
When I get my hands on the English version I'll definitely give it a rewatch.
2013, the film was given the Award for Best Feature Film at the 8th Festival of European Animated Feature Films and TV Specials
Synopsis: In the world of the painting, 'Allduns' are those who are perfectly finished by the painter, this perfection has made them to consider themselves superior and haughty - 'Halfies' are those, who are missing fair amount of finishing work - and lastly 'Sketchies', they are treated the worst. After Allduns kill one of the friends of Sketchies, as well as pursuing Halfies couple for engaging in 'forbidden love' - all the victimized embark upon expedition to find the painter and seek his help to complete them.
Film contains strong story. It is motivational, since it tackles the so-called themes of 'forbidden love', 'tyranny', 'race', 'religion' and 'prejudice' in the society. The director has greatly calibrated his animation, which is to say that, film's background, colors, sketches do give an impression of tribute to popular painters 'Henri - Modigliani - Chagall - Picasso'. Brief bare-chested woman from the painting talking with one of the characters. This lively and colorful animated film is another addition to superb craft, coming out of central Europe.
The Painting is about a painting in a painter's home. The painting is incomplete in several ways. The painting has a chateau, a flowering garden, and a dangerous forest, plus a multitude of characters.
The characters are divided into (Toupins, Pafinis, Reufs) or (Alldunns, Halfies, Sketchies) in English. In the conceit of the film, the Toupins (completed, fully painted characters) decide they should rule the proceedings, treating the Pafinis (part finished) badly, and enslaving the Reufs (rough sketches).
The protagonist is Lola a Halfie. Her Halfie friend Claire has fallen in love with a completed character, Ramo. Ramo tries to speak against the bad behaviour of the Alldunns in the chateau, but is shouted down. Claire is imprisoned. Lola, Ramo, and a Sketchie named Quill escape the painted through a perimeter weakness in the forest.
Once outside, the painting style shifts to a mixed one. Our heroes keep their form and colours, but the outside is rendered in strongly realistic terms. This is executed quite well.
The trio interact with characters in the painter's other paintings. Eventually they find that they can paint themselves. They speak with the painter's self-portrait, and gather up paint and brushes to take back the the painting of origin.
Their return increases the chaos for a while, but levels out the inequalities.
The ending where Lola again departs the painting and speaks with the painter is just delightful. There is another shift of mixing styles which is also well done.
Art/Animation: 10/10 Breath-taking.
Sound: 10/10 No problems.
Screenplay: 10/10 Loved the imaginative story with interesting infrastructure, and beautiful ending.