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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Jean Barney ...
(voice)
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 ...
(voice)
Gary Littman ...
(voice)
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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23 November 2011 (France)  »

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

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$11,229 (USA) (24 May 2013)
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A beautiful picture
13 August 2014 | by (Okinawa, Japan) – See all my reviews

It's a been a while since a film has filled me with wonder. The idea and visual effects created a world that makes you wish you could crawl through your TV. Every aspect of this movie soars: dialogue, character, story, visual, tone, etc. By comparison, the American animated movies seem too safe and predictable.

The visual team did an excellent job of creating a painted world in terms of how it looked and functioned. Some very clever thinking went into deciding what's possible within a canvas. The plot was straight forward, the painted characters fear they have been abandoned, but has enough substance for serious introspection.

The Painting is an excellent film for children and adults. It tackles some more serious themes than most American cartoons: racism, death, and philosophical questions about our purpose and creation. I'll be looking forward to seeing more films by the highly imaginative director Jean- Francois Laguionie.


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