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by Jean-François Laguionie

2011 | 76 min

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, and arriving finally at the very edge of the painting - where they tumble through the canvas and into the Painter's studio. The abandoned workspace is strewn with paintings, each containing its own animated world.

They explore each picture, attempting to discover just what the Painter has in mind for all his creations.


  • San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain, 2013)

  • Rendez-vous with New French Cinema in Rome (2013)

  • Vienna Francophone Film Festival (Austria, 2013)

  • Festival du Film Francophone de Grèce (2013)

  • New York International Children's Film Festival (2013)

  • Berlin French Film Week (2012)

  • Tübingen-Stuttgart International French-language Film Festival (Germany, 2012)

  • Warsaw Film Festival (Poland, 2012)

  • BFI London Film Festival (2012)

  • Lisbon - French Film Festival (2012)

  • Helvetia French Film Festival (Switzerland, 2012)

  • Boston French Film Festival (2012)

  • Munich - International Film Festival (Germany, 2012)

  • Annecy International Animation Film Festival (France, 2012)

  • Transilvania International Film Festival (Romania, 2012)

  • Seattle International Film Festival (2012)

  • Istanbul Film Festival (2012)

  • Rendez-Vous With French Cinema à New York (2012)

  • César Awards - French film industry awards (2012)


This is the initial premise behind Jean-François Laguionie’s sublimely charming animation, Le Tableau : 

An artist’s canvas is his universe. They can do whatever they like and there are no rules. What then happens if the artist decides they no longer care about what they created and leave their work to sit unfinished? 

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, while also allowing adults to get enraptured in the gorgeous animation and lively action. Gorgeously animated–2D, but accentuated with CGI – Le Tableau is a gem.

Trespass Magazine


[This] stunning animated drama tackles prejudice, and forbidden love.

Common Sense Media


The Painting is 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 is a film that lives and triumphs on the strength of its imagery.

Alternate Ending

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