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The City of Lost Children (1995)

La cité des enfants perdus (original title)
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A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Perlman ... One
Daniel Emilfork ... Krank
Judith Vittet Judith Vittet ... Miette
Dominique Pinon ... Le scaphandrier / Les clones
Jean-Claude Dreyfus ... Marcello
Geneviève Brunet Geneviève Brunet ... La Pieuvre (as Genevieve Brunet)
Odile Mallet Odile Mallet ... La Pieuvre
Mireille Mossé Mireille Mossé ... Mademoiselle Bismuth
Serge Merlin Serge Merlin ... Gabriel Marie (Cyclops Leader)
Rufus ... Peeler
Ticky Holgado ... Ex-Acrobat
Joseph Lucien Joseph Lucien ... Denree
Mapi Galán Mapi Galán ... Lune (as Mapi Galan)
Briac Barthélémy Briac Barthélémy ... Bottle (as Briac Barthelemy)
Pierre-Quentin Faesch Pierre-Quentin Faesch ... Pipo
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Storyline

Set in a dystopian society, someone is kidnapping the children. Krank and his band of clones are using the children to harvest their dreams. Then they kidnap Denree, the brother of One, a fairground strongman. One sets out to find his brother. Written by grantss

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Where happily ever after is just a dream. See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing and grotesque images of violence and menace | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Germany | Spain | Belgium | USA

Language:

French | Cantonese

Release Date:

15 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The City of Lost Children See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,348, 17 December 1995

Gross USA:

$1,738,611

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,781,465
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DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jean-Pierre Jeunet: [underwater scene] See more »

Goofs

One female character is heard to say "sure" even though her mouth doesn't move. See more »

Quotes

Miette: One?
[One grunts]
Miette: You asleep?
[One breathes deeply and mumbles]
Miette: What did you do before?
One: One sailor. Harpooned Whales. One night
[pauses]
One: One hear whales singing. After
[gestures throwing of harpoon]
One: always always the target I miss. One loses job.
[...]
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Alternate Versions

There are two different audio tracks for the film - one is the original French language version and another is an English language dub. See more »


Soundtracks

Who Will Take Your Dreams Away
Lyrycs and performed by Marianne Faithfull
Music and produced by Angelo Badalamenti
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Quiet! You vegetable!
25 September 2004 | by film-criticSee all my reviews

The City of Lost Children gets two platinum stars and also moves up to one of my top ten favorite films of all time. This is a confusing story, from beginning to end it expands your mind, reaches into your nightmares, and creates a story that is part Dark City and part of a novel called "The Golden Compass" by Phillip Pullman.

Yes, this film was everything and more. Not only visually beautiful, but the creative and symbolic meaning of the actions and words of the characters are "jaw dropping". Also, there are so many sub-stories in this film that reminded me of the style that Run Lola Run was done. This is the style that due to a connection of unrelated events something extraordinary happens. Let me give you an example from this film: There is a scene where the girl and One (Ron Pearlman-also a very biblical name) are trying to escape from the two women who want their jewels. There are events that lead from a dog finding its female companion to a boat almost hitting/splitting the women in half. Wild coincidences...imagine this times ten, and you have this film.

Keep in mind this is a French film with English subtitles, so you are not only getting the true voice of the film, but seeing the darkness of the cinematography without any American input. This really shows the purpose behind making this film, it really takes you to a new place so dark and dreamlike that you the viewer actually feel like you are in the picture itself. A movie about dreams and nightmares that takes place in a world of dreams and nightmares.

Overall, a heavily religious and symbolic film, The City of Lost Children should be put at the top of your foreign film list. Put it in your DVD player, open your mind, and be ready for a wild and intense ride!!

Grade: ***** out of *****


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