This family film is recommended for ages 7+.

These screenings are included with your Museum admission.
General admission to the MFAH is free on Thursdays, courtesy of Shell.

In this wryly inventive parable, a kingdom within a painting is divided into three castes: the impeccably colored Alldunns, the incomplete Halfies, and the barely outlined Sketchies, who are treated as outcasts. Chastised for her forbidden love of the dashing Ramo, Claire runs away into the cursed forest. Ramo and his friends journey after her, crossing over the boundaries of the forest only to arrive at the very edge of the painting—where they tumble through the canvas and into the Painter’s studio.

The abandoned workspace is strewn with paintings, each containing its own vividly animated world and characters—and in a feast for both the eyes and the imagination, the friends explore picture after picture, in a quest to discover just what the Painter has in mind for his creations. The Painting premiered during the 2012 Houston Cinema Arts Festival.

“A wonder! Rapturous! Creative, colorful, and unexpectedly wise!" —The Boston Globe

"Enchanting! This consistently enjoyable, inventive, and beautifully crafted tale is a color riot suitable for all ages! A constant feast for the eyes!" —Variety

Community partner: Houston Cinema Arts Society

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Jean-Francois Laguionie
Running Time
78 minutes