The Painting

2011, Movie, NR, 78 mins

Of all the problems confronting a critic, perhaps none is as confounding as attempting to describe an animated motion picture that breaks new aesthetic ground -- for the most audacious and breathtaking examples transcend the very limitations of words. The Painting -- a staggering feature by Frenchman Jean-François Laguionie -- raises that maxim to a whole new level. In addition to a narrative that is rife to bursting with conceptual invention, its images defy description. This isn't a movie; it's a visual smorgasbord, a 76-minute intoxication of the senses.

The story rests on an inspired conceit: What would happen, Laguionie asks, if each tableau on a...

Released: 2011 Rated: NR Length: 78 mins

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