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The Painting (2011)
"Le tableau" (original title)

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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 ...
Chloé Berthier ...
The Painter / Venice Painter (voice)
Self-Portrait (voice)
Julien Bouanich ...
Gum (voice)
Serge Faliu ...
Additional Voice (voice)
Thierry Jahn ...
Gray Morgen (voice)
Jean-François Laguionie ...
Adrien Larmande ...
Gary Littman ...
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn ...
Florence (voice)
Kamali Minter ...
Lola (voice)


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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23 November 2011 (France)  »

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Le tableau  »

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Amazing artwork.
13 July 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Fantastic visuals, simply riveting with a perfectly executed structure. However, in my opinion it never reached it's full potential because it was held back. The film possessed a wonderful world without really exploring and explaining it in full detail, perhaps the director was not daring enough to go above and beyond in terms of the story line. Once the story was introduced, it struggled to maintain it's structural appeal. Though it contained a sensationally unique and stylistic appeal captivating the general audience. Despite the simple story it is a work bursting with imagination whether it be in art direction or its dazzling picture-hopping set piece.

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