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The Painting(Le Tableau)

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France, Belgium, Canada · 2011
1h 16m
Director Jean-François Laguionie
Starring Jean Barney, Chloé Berthier, Julien Bouanich, Serge Faliu
Genre Animation, Fantasy

An unfinished painting has a world of its own that is ordered by a class system: the Allduns think they are superior, the Halfies are treated as inferior, and the Sketchies are seen as untouchable. When the Allduns plot to enslave the Sketchies and push out the Halfies, three friends seek out the artist to finish the painting and stop the Allduns.

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Slant Magazine by

Its aesthetic employs expressionism, realism, and cubism, but the morality plays are layered on as thickly and haphazardly as a toddler's finger painting.


Los Angeles Times by Amy Nicholson

Laguionie's animation is a lovely jumble of thick lines and saturated pastels...But 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.


The New York Times by Anita Gates

This is a sweet adventure story for children. (Surely, American parents can deal with the bare breasts of one talking painting.) For adults it is short on narrative sophistication but visually a true objet d’art.


Variety by Boyd van Hoeij

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


The Hollywood Reporter by John DeFore

Kids with healthy attention spans may warm to its (literally) colorful characters and outside-the-frame action, but most will find it as lifeless as their parents do.


Village Voice by Pete Vonder Haar

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.


Boston Globe by Ty Burr

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

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