The City of Lost Children

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Overview

This visually inventive French sci-fi/fantasy tale began winning a cult following practically from the moment it was released. Krank Daniel Emilfork is a foul, monstrous creature who lords over the inhabitants of a small island; Krank's emotional being is every bit as ugly as his physical personage, largely because he does not have the ability to dream. However, he has developed a machine that can drain the dreams of others from their heads, and he devotes himself to kidnapping children from a nearby harbor town ...
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Overview

This visually inventive French sci-fi/fantasy tale began winning a cult following practically from the moment it was released. Krank Daniel Emilfork is a foul, monstrous creature who lords over the inhabitants of a small island; Krank's emotional being is every bit as ugly as his physical personage, largely because he does not have the ability to dream. However, he has developed a machine that can drain the dreams of others from their heads, and he devotes himself to kidnapping children from a nearby harbor town so that he can steal their pleasant dreams. Denree Joseph Lucien is one of the children who has been spirited off to the island; Krank discovers that he's an even bigger problem than he imagined when his big brother One Ron Perlman, a harpoon-wielding mountain of a man, sets out on a rescue mission. Once he arrives on Krank's island, One encounters a brain in a fish tank that has learned to talk, a group of clones who can't decide who is the original, a pair of Siamese twins, an octopus that guides a group of orphaned thieves, and a girl named Miette Judith Vittet who says she can guide One to Denree.
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Editorial Reviews

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With The City of Lost Children, their second full-length feature, French filmmakers Jean Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro cemented their claim to a distinct authorial style. An elaborate dystopian vision with a fairy tale sensibility, The City of Lost Children imagines a resolutely sui generis world of freak-show grotesques, Dickensian orphans, and Rube Goldbergian convolutions. Revealing a bottomless capacity for invention, Jeunet and Caro tell their story with ruthless precision and flamboyance. As with their feature debut, Delicatessen, Jeunet and Caro's follow-up betrays their roots in animation. The baroque production design and darkly epic scope inspired comparisons to Terry Gilliam, Tim Burton, and Blade Runner; a less cited, but equally apt, reference point is the Coen brothers: like the Coens, Jeunet and Caro practice a cinema of consummate and self-conscious manipulation. From the eerily airless mise-en-scene to the archetypal familiarity of the characters, the filmmakers' exacting style is tightly controlled and leaves little room for spontaneity. It's a modus operandi that sparks debate: the movie received mixed reviews upon its release, with some critics accusing Jeunet and Caro of being soulless smart alecks interested only in the machinery, and not the humanity, of film. While not unfounded, the observation is also incomplete, failing to account for the signal pleasures of succumbing to the whims of master raconteurs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/1996
  • UPC: 043396400139
  • Original Release: 1995
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Presentation: Dubbed
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ron Perlman One
Daniel Emilfork Krank
Judith Vittet Miette
Dominique Pinon Clones, Diver
Jean-Claude Dreyfus Marcello the Flea-Tamer
Genevieve Brunet Octopus
Jean-Louis Trintignant Voice Only
Serge Merlin Cyclops' Leader
Francois Hadji Lazaro Killer
Rufus Peeler
Ticky Holgado Ex-acrobat
Marc Caro Brother Ange-Joseph
Mapi Galan Lune
Briac Barthelemy Bottle
Joseph Lucien Denree
Ham-Chau Luong Tattoo Artist
Hong-Mai Thomas Tattoo Artist's Wife
Cris Huerta Father Christmas
Lorella Cravotta Woman at her Window
Nane Germon Miette, age 82
Technical Credits
Marc Caro Director, Art Director, Screenwriter
Jean-Pierre Jeunet Director, Screenwriter
Gilles Adrien Screenwriter
Vincent Arnardi Musical Direction/Supervision
Angelo Badalamenti Score Composer, Songwriter
Aline Bonetto Set Decoration/Design
Pierre Excoffier Musical Direction/Supervision
Jean-Paul Gaultier Costumes/Costume Designer
Gerard Hardy Musical Direction/Supervision
Darius Khondji Cinematographer
Guillaume Laurant Screenwriter
Thierry Lebon Musical Direction/Supervision
Claudie Ossard Producer
Elias Querejeta Co-producer
Jean Rabasse Production Designer
Herve Schneid Editor
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    IT'S THE BEST STYLISTIC FILM EVER!!!PERIOD!!!

    I've seen plenty of film's,and this one is the most stylistic,and visually impressive,especially when you consider the budget,that was about 8 million dollars.Now I know it may seem like alot,but for a big time director it's not.And this movie even now is impressive,and that's just the visuals themselves.So if I had to describe this movie,I'd say it's like a twisted dark industrial Alice in wonderland or something.With a style that totally can't be touched.I mean nowaday's I can look at a movie,and I can define it in about two seconds.Except for when it comes to this movie.I think it totally breaks the mold,then,and now.Plus this movie came out in 1995,and I still think it's the most beautiful,yet twisted movie I've ever had the privelidge to watch.Anyway's I also really liked the hole thing about the nightmares being like a foggy mist,and the bit with the flea was pure genius.Plus Judith Vittet(Miet)totally ruled in this movie.She's now my favorite young actress,or she used to be young anyway's.Not to mention Ron Pullman(One)who must of had a hard time in a french film,also did a good job.My only complaint is that there's no sequel!Plus I also thought that this movie could of used some big copper clockwork spider's,or something.Oh well,maybe if there's ever a sequel Jean Pierre could add something like that in.You know,they could maybe chase after Miette.Anyway's,you know how I feel about this movie.So just as long as you have a open mind,and don't mind a foriegn film that might just creep you out some times,I'd say put away those sorry excuses for a stylistic film like Dark city,and Edward scissor hand's,and be prepared to watch one that has no equal.This is a true masterpiece in the greatest sense of the word...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredible!

    This movie was so creative and inspiring, yet disturbing at the same time. I can't encourage anyone out there to see it enough. It really will put a new perspective on dreams for you. Plus the music is simply gorgeous!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The French Version of Gilliam...

    Whenever I view Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro's films, I get the feeling I'm watching a Terry Gilliam French feature. In fact, before I watched this DVD, from which I bought on a whim, I watched the trailer to the feature and the beginning has a quote from Gilliam himself "Best Movie of 1995, 1996, and even 1982." Whatever that meant, I knew that this film would be a wild ride. Jeunet and Caro are masters of their craft and know how to make film into art. Like the other reviewers, this film has some of the most striking visuals of all time, very much so like Gilliam. Lots of diagnal and close-up camera angels and even the sets and costumes are wonderful as well to give you perception of not knowing when the story is set. All the characters are brilliant and I was suprised by Ron Perlman, not because he can't act, but because he did a suprisingly great job with speaking all his lines in near perfect French. Judith Vittet whom plays Miette is also another fine performance, especially for a 10yr old. The story itself also reminded me of a Gilliam flick, since it has some corky, odd, comedic, sci-fi mixture within the film. To me it's like a mix of Brazil/12 Monkeys/Tideland along with Jeunet and Caro's Delicatessen. I enjoyed this film which was filled with a lot of heart and is way ahead of its time. So if you like anything by Gilliam and even Jeunet and Caro's other works (Delicatessen/Amelie), then you should check this film out since it will stand the text of time for years and years to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great move

    if you loved this movie LIKE I DID you have to see 'THE SECRET ADVENTURES OF TOM THE THUMB..'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Engrossing, surreal visual appeal with plot.

    This title ranks among my top fictional films, full of dark nuances supported by appropriate visual setting. The cinematography - especially some of the close-ups - adds tremendous mood to the action.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Whirl Wind of the Surrreal

    A great movie to watch when the mundane, day to day grind of work and life gets you down. Escape to a reality where children work as criminals for simese twins, a disembodied brain can live in a fish tank, clones run amuck, and you can be kidnapped by blindmen to have your dreams stolen by an evil scientist and a midget.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Immaculate

    combining Dark City with an acid trip is a pure hybrid causing a beauty beyond most of our comprehension.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Surreal visually stunning dark epic film!!

    The story involves a carnival strongman named One played by Ron Pearlman, whose little brother Denree is kidnapped by a band of soldiers named cyclops, because one eye is an electrical lens and hypesensisitive sight and hearing and are quite ruthless, they kidnap kids and ship them off to an artificial island named Krank island named after the kidnapper who lives up to his name as an irritable, disfunctional person who has an inability to dream and with the help of a submerged living migraine ridden brain named Irwin, kept alive by artificial means to aid Krank in helping steal the kidnapped kid's dreams in an electronic sarcophagus, grudgingly and against his will. Then there is a group of clones played by Dominique Pinon, who I think is very comical, Irwin slowly encourages him to slowly rebel for he is meek and weak by telling him he is the original clone, leading to a big confusion. In the meantime One runs into Miette, a cynical street kid who is forced to steal to survive by a two siamese twin women who are very ruthless, and Miette played by Judith Vittet who is a good young actress helps One rescue Denree, inspite of obstacles put forth by the Siamese Twins. Are they successfull, you'll just have to see. You will enjoy the ride..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sensational!

    A sophisticated, incessantly dramatic escape into the dark seething parallel of ones imagination. Exquisitely photographed ¿ a visually stunning movie. I loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An escape from real world

    This is an excellent movie for those who like unreal, imaginary setting. Casting, story, cinematography, everything is well done. I love movies like dreams or storys I used to read when I was a kid. From the director of Delicatessen.

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