Consider "The Painting," the fourth feature by slow-moving 74-year-old French director Jean-François Laguionie, a twee
The metaphors keep coming. When an Alldunn boy falls for a Halfie girl, he insists to his pals that their Creator — the painter — will some day return to set the world right. To prove it, they venture beyond their border to explore the other artworks in the studio, which include a battlefield scene, a self-portrait, and a nude. Don't let the breasts keep you from bringing the kids — by the time the mammaries show up, the tykes will probably already be asleep.
Laguionie's animation is a lovely jumble of thick lines and saturated pastels, and there's a neat minute when a giant flower looms over one of the lovebirds with the calm curiosity of Hal from "2001." But while the artist-as-deity concept was flattering enough to get "The Painting" nominated for a 2012 Cesar Award, its big ideas about equality and friendship are flatly 2-D.
— Amy Nicholson
MPAA rating: None
Running time: 1 hour, 19 minutes.
Playing: At the Landmark Nuart, Los Angeles.