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The Painting (2011)

Le tableau (original title)
Three characters of different social classes escape their unfinished painting in search of the Painter, hoping he will complete it.

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Credited cast:
Jean Barney ...
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Chloé Berthier ...
(voice)
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The Painter / Venice Painter (voice)
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Self-Portrait (voice)
Julien Bouanich ...
(voice)
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Gum (voice)
Serge Faliu ...
(voice)
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Additional Voice (voice)
Thierry Jahn ...
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Gray Morgen (voice)
Jean-François Laguionie ...
(voice)
Adrien Larmande ...
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Gary Littman ...
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Mary Elizabeth McGlynn ...
Florence (voice)
Kamali Minter ...
Lola (voice)
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A château, flowering gardens, a threatening forest, here is what, for mysterious reasons, a Painter has left incomplete. Three kinds of characters live in this painting: the Toupins, who are entirely painted, the Pafinis, who lack a few colors, and the Reufs, who are only sketches. Considering themselves superior, the Toupins take over power, chase the Pafinis from the château, and enslave the Reufs. Convinced that only the Painter can restore harmony by finishing the painting, Ramo, Lola, and Plume decided to go looking for him. Throughout the adventure, questions will follow one after the other: What has become of the Painter? Why did he abandon them? Why did he begin destroying some of his paintings? Will they one day know the Painter's secret? Written by lletaif

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$3,626 (USA) (10 May 2013)

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$11,229 (USA) (24 May 2013)
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Beautiful, and sweet, and a bit dull as a story, sad to say!
2 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Painting (2011)

If you like animated films in general, and like inventive ones in particular, see this. I think it's good on many levels—the story, the style, the feeling. Even the sentimental ending.

But my taste for animation varies wildly. I loved "Monsters, Inc." and hated "Pocahontas." Anime leaves me cold. It isn't enough to dazzle me with animation tricks, nor to play with children's stories in inventive ways on screen.

So this story works with lots of familiar (too familiar) tropes—types of friends, heroes, problems that we know well. The animation (French) is different than both Pixar and Disney styles we know well, and also different than, say Wallace and Gromit (which wasn't American). But it isn't self-sustaining. I mean, it's a little constrained and polite, even when it is taking visual chances. It's all very "nice" all the time, and that goes with the friendly quality of the movie, too.

I sound like a curmudgeon. Not so (I think)! But I tried and tried to get absorbed and just got, well, bored. Sad to say. Judge for yourself. I will say that I think you need to give it a half an hour or so to get into some of the range of the film. But then, if it hasn't hooked you, it probably won't.


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