LE TABLEAU / THE PAINTING

SYNOPSIS
One of the most inventive animated films in recent years, Jean-François Laguionie’s The Painting also offers gentle lessons about bigotry. Three different classes of subjects reside in a canvas abandoned by a painter; the tyrannical Allduns, who have been rendered in full, glorious color by their creator; the Halfies, only partially completed; and the Sketchies, simple charcoal stick figures who are considered pariahs. As a courageous Alldun and the Halfie he loves, plus another Halfie and a Sketchie, escape persecution by the Alldun despots, The Painting leads us through breathtakingly beautiful set pieces. We journey through a magically hued forest, and, in the movie’s cleverest meta-narrative strategy, to the very edge of the painting itself, where a portal leads the quartet directly to the painter’s studio. The four characters discover scores of others works by their creator, each one opening up to other sumptuous sights. But they all have one goal in mind: to meet their maker and ask him why he left some of them in an unfinished state.

“The filmmaker takes over and amplifies the denunciation of racism and social disparity. When it comes to the search for the mysterious painter who always escapes, it is a captivating, breathtakingly steep creative chasm, a kind of ‘mirror image’ where each piece opens onto another and where the artist himself might only be someone else’s dream.”
Cécile Mury, Télérama

DIRECTOR
Jean-François Laguionie

SCREENPLAY
Jean-François Laguionie, Anik Leray

VOICES
Lola: Jessica Monceau
Claire: Chloé Berthier
Gom: Julien Bouanich
Plume: Thierry Jahn

GENRE Animation
LANGUAGE French
RUNNING TIME 76’
PRODUCTION France, 2011
RATING Not Rated
FORMAT(S) Blu-ray, DCP, DVD

DISTRIBUTOR
GKids