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Parents' Guide to

The Painting

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Stunning animated drama tackles prejudice, forbidden love.

Movie NR 2013 76 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Beautifull animation for tweens and up

It is a wonderful story, beautifully animated and full of imagination. I recommend it for tweens and up. I watched this film with my child and two other kids in a theatre and I thought it was wonderful. There are some sad scenes that may scare some children. My kid was 7 years old when we saw it and didn't like those scenes, but the older children (of 9 and 10) were ok with them. I liked the strong lessons about tolerance. Watch it with your younger kids and explain what they may not understand.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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With The Painting, French director Jean-François Laguionie has created a simple but beautiful allegory that older kids will appreciate for its substance and style. Very young kids may not understand the movie's more mature themes and subject matter, but the entire family can use The Painting as a way to discuss how easy it is for people to discriminate -- and how sometimes all it takes is one or two brave people to stand up to prejudice.

Ramo and Claire's Romeo and Juliet-esque love story seems doomed at the beginning, but it's actually full of hope and possibility. When Ramo sweetly tells Claire how colorful her (unfinished) face looks to him, it's one of the most romantic moments in any movie in recent memory. His love for Claire propels Ramo to look for the painting's artist -- the only person who can end the Allduns' circle of oppression. Along the way, Ramo, Quill, and Lola meet characters from the artist's other paintings and discover that they'll have to make life better for themselves. The action isn't as fast-paced as most American animated movies, so this is a film best watched with older kids who will appreciate it. An English-dubbed version is available, but if your kids are old enough to read, you might want to check out the original (Le Tableau) with English subtitles.

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