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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) Gkids

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

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (9)

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.

September 11, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

August 1, 2013 | Rating: 4.0/5.0 | Full Review…

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.

June 7, 2013 | Full Review…

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

May 24, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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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.

May 23, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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

May 15, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Painting

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.

Robert Brogan
Robert Brogan

Super Reviewer

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
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...


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