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'The Painting': Secret world of action contained within frames ★★★
When you're young and even when you're older, the prospect of what lies beyond your street, your neighborhood, your line of vision is a tantalizer. In "The Painting," a French animated feature now at the Siskel Film Center, director Jean-Francois Laguionie and screenwriter Anik Le Ray imagine a world (they're not the first, merely the latest) in which figures in paintings yearn for freedom and where incomplete sketches embark on a quest to confront their creator to ask why he didn't get the job done.
August 2, 2013