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½ February 4, 2018
Unique, mature and a treat for the eyes.

When I get my hands on the English version I'll definitely give it a rewatch.
½ January 8, 2017
I really liked the animation in The Painting which is so fittingly artistic and sometimes quite beautiful to witness, but I disliked the character design which felt rough and odd to me. The story is solid, but too simplistic, the characters are entirely forgettable and although the film is very well made and sometimes inspired, it could have been much better anyway.
Robert B.
Super Reviewer
October 8, 2015
The Painting is not for kids, yet it does have a child-like earnestness that combines with the simple elegance of the animation to give the film a charming quality. It is a short and sweet little film.
October 6, 2015
"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.
½ December 25, 2014
This enchanting fable takes place in an unfinished painting where completed figures, partially-painted figures, and loosely-sketched figures live in a stringent caste system. Looking to establish equal rights for all, a group of these subjects venture outside of the frame in the hopes of tracking down the artist and convincing him to finish his work. The Painting does not have subtle allegories, but it does have a crisp pace, lovely animation, and some stirring characters. It's a fine option for anyone looking for an animated feature that veers a little left of the Disney mold.
½ December 13, 2014
Very creative and beautifully animated!
November 23, 2014
I loved this film. Very sweet.
July 28, 2014
The film was released in France by Gebeka Films on 23 November 2011.[4] It competed at the 2012 Annecy International Animated Film Festival
2013, the film was given the Award for Best Feature Film at the 8th Festival of European Animated Feature Films and TV Specials
July 21, 2014
I'm surprised I never heard of this movie before now. This was wonderful. How are you not going to like a movie about the characters living in a fauvist painting, who can jump from world to world? Only fault that the movie didn't get more exquisite and enchanting than it did. However, with visuals such as it had, charm such as it had, and an ending you rather expected but which still gave goosebumps... I can't help but give it 5 stars and call it a new fave, one that should be watched over and over by children of all ages and elaborated upon in your own fantasies and daydreams and art.
July 19, 2014
A collection of interesting ideas that ultimately go nowhere, and aren't much fun along the way.
February 25, 2014
Beautifully animated. While the racist undertone is not really new, it's done in a way that's original.
½ February 23, 2014
The Painting (Le Tableau) French (Blue Films) / Belgian (Be-Films) animated film, distributed by Gebeka Films - directed and co-written by Jean-François Laguionie (Anik Leray direcis). Jean drew the sketches himself and ultimately paid tribute to famous painters, 'Mark Chagall', 'Amedeo Modigliani', 'Henri Matisse' and 'Pablo Picasso'. It was shown at Annecy International Animated Film Festival - Festival of European Animated Feature Films and TV Specials gave it 'Best Feature Film' award. GKIDS acquired the USA distribution rights (the version that I saw was the GKIDS English-translated).

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.
February 16, 2014
Started out like a cheap animation, but bear with it for a while, 'cos the grown-ups gonna appreciate this one
½ February 4, 2014
If you love stunning animation and a plot that is aimed at adults, this is your movie. A surreal view of art as full of living beings, and a painting that has a sick caste system that is like no other. Can't recommend it highly enough. NOT for young children or people who want a simple adventure cartoon. this movie makes you think on many different levels. Would be great for a high school or college art or animation class,
January 19, 2014
A visual Masterpiece. Must see!
November 7, 2013
One line summary: Another fine recent animation effort from France.


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.
October 1, 2013
curious about this one since i just happened to stumble in this new animated film
½ September 30, 2013
Setiap kita adalah pelukis dalam sebuah lukisan..
September 22, 2013
Una bonita fábula.... directa y sin tapujos camuflada en una historia de amor. Muy original en el tratamiento dibujo/pintura/realidad. Recomendable.
Super Reviewer
September 15, 2013
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.
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