The Painting
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Village Voice
"Lovely but lifeless 'toon is none too subtle in delivering its multicultural moral."
‑ John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"Le Tableau feels like Toy Story if it had been directed by Terrence Malick in an Italian opera that was written by William Shakespeare. It's so profound and moving that your heart fills to the brim with adoration and marvel."
‑ Clayton Davis,
"Made in sumptuously styled animation with a kaleidoscope of bright colours, this briskly-paced French production deals with themes of identity and imagination in a way that should entrance younger viewers..."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"Move Over Pixar"
‑ Jean Lowerison,
"Creative, colorful, and unexpectedly wise, "The Painting" is the latest offshore animation to show to kids burned out on computer-generated Hollywood toons."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Short on narrative sophistication but visually a true objet d'art."
‑ Anita Gates, New York Times
"A film that lives and triumphs on the strength of its imagery."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Stunning animated drama tackles prejudice, forbidden love."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
"May enthrall precocious kids as well as fine-arts-oriented adults - otherwise no big deal."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"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."
‑ Amy Nicholson, Los Angeles Times
"Helmer Jean-Francois Laguionie's consistently enjoyable, inventive and beautifully crafted tale is a color riot suitable for all ages."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij, Variety
"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."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"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."
‑ Brian Tallerico,
"It's a wonderful, imaginative, one-of-kind experience."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Film Geek Central
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