The characters in an incomplete painting come to life. They create a hierarchy: the "Toupins" ("Allduns"), which are complete; the "Pafinis" ("Halfies"), which are short of a few touches of colour; and the "Reufs" ("Roughs"), which are fragile sketches. Convinced of their superiority, the Toupins want to take power. Three intrepid characters - Ramo, Lola and Plume - decide to leave the Painting and track down the Painter to get him to finish the painting and restore harmony within it.
This film opens doors to the art world for young viewers with questions and daydreams. As it follows characters of various social classes, and through a story within a story, we go from painting to painting within the mysterious painter's abandoned workshop that makes several clever nods to great painters from Picasso to Cézanne. The director uses this aesthetic to tell a social fable and give constructive criticism of the social inequalities and racism that can be found in all hierarchical systems. Here the Toupins wield power on the spurious basis of their perfect physiques. But rebellion is not far off ... This captivating adventure takes us on the trail of a painter who has abandoned his creations, with plenty of tribulations and questions. The film is visually beautiful and shrewdly blends 2D images and real shots. The characters operate in sets with clear colours, creating a superb dreamlike universe. This is a real gem both in terms of style and substance and it will undoubtedly delight parents as much as children.Read more Show less
From age 6.
Little people living among big people; friendships between characters who seem different in many ways, especially their sizes; being immersed in a disproportionate world ... animated films revel in embracing contrasts and changes of scale. They can pull off the little miracle of telling stories from the viewpoints of small characters, helping us to look at the world in an alternative way. Since the question of size relates also to our role in the world, these films offer us another way of looking at what (and who) is around us.
Benshi takes you on a voyage of exploration of imaginary worlds, where you can meet colourful characters with endlessly creative minds, people who invent worlds of fantasy or marvels and other who strive to build entirely new horizons... This course is for young cinema lovers aged 5 and over who like adventures and extraordinary stories.
["Cinema is the form of modern writing whose ink is light" - Jean Cocteau] Discover six films that plunge you into a fantasy world of pictures, including films that reference master painters and great works, or paintings from which you cannot escape and others you enter with glee, and films that are themselves animated paintings...