The Painting

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The Painting
Le Tableau.jpg
Film poster
Le Tableau
Directed by Jean-François Laguionie
Produced by Armelle Glorennec
Eric Jacquot
Written by Jean-François Laguionie
Anik Leray
Starring Jessica Monceau
Adrien Larmande
Music by Pascal Le Pennec
Edited by Emmanuel de Miranda
Blue Spirit
Distributed by Gebeka Films
Release date
  • 23 November 2011 (2011-11-23)
Running time
76 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget €4 million

The Painting (French: Le Tableau) is a 2011 French animated film directed by Jean-François Laguionie.[1][2]


For mysterious reasons, a Painter has left a work incomplete - causing conflict between the Toupins (Allduns), who are entirely painted, the Pafinis (Halfies), who lack a few colors, and the Reufs (Sketchies), who are only sketches. Toupins occupy the chateau, Pafinis are out in the gardens, and Reufs are treated as outcasts and hunted by the Toupins. Three friends, one of each class, go on a quest to find the artist so he can finish the piece and hopefully unite the people.


  • Jessica Monceau as Lola
  • Adrien Larmande as Ramo
  • Thierry Jahn as Plume
  • Julien Bouanich as Gom
  • Céline Ronte as Garance
  • Thomas Sagols as Magenta
  • Magali Rosenzweig as Orange de Mars
  • Chloé Berthier as Claire


The film was co-produced by France's Blue Spirit and Belgium's Be-Films. It took two years to finance and had a budget of four million euro. Jean-François Laguionie designed every character himself. The designs include homages to painters such as Marc Chagall, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Pre-production took 15 months and production one year. The film was animated in digital 3D.[3]


The film was released in France by Gebeka Films on 23 November 2011.[4] It competed at the 2012 Annecy International Animated Film Festival.[5] Distribution rights for the United States have been acquired by GKIDS.[3]




  1. ^ Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 120. ISBN 978-1908215017.
  2. ^ "Le Tableau". tiff. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
  3. ^ a b Milligan, Mercedes (2012). "More Than Just a Pretty Picture". Animation (220). Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Le Tableau". AlloCiné (in French). Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  5. ^ Leffler, Rebecca (4 June 2011). "Annecy International Animated Film Festival Kicks off 36th Edition". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  6. ^ 11. Kecskeméti Animációs Filmfesztivál 8. Európai Animációs Játékfilm Fesztivál. Kecskeméti Animáció Film Fesztivál. 2013.

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