The City of Lost Children (1995) France
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Director:Marc Caro
Studio:Sony Pictures
Producer:Félicie Dutertre
Writer:Gilles Adrien, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Date Added:2007-03-05
Purchased On:2007-05-03
Awards:2 wins & 10 nominations
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
Languages:English, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Commentary by Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Actor Ron Perlman, Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles:English, Spanish, French
Black & White
Full Screen
Marc Caro  ...  (Director)
Gilles Adrien, Jean-Pierre Jeunet  ...  (Writer)
Briac Barthelemy  ...  
Guillaume Billod-Morel  ...  
Geneviève Brunet  ...  la Pieuvre
Marc Caro  ...  
Jean-Claude Dreyfus  ...  Marcello
Daniel Emilfork  ...  Krank
Pierre-Quentin Faesch  ...  Pipo
Mapi Galán  ...  Lune
Ticky Holgado  ...  Ex-acrobat
Joseph Lucien  ...  Denree
Odile Mallet  ...  la Pieuvre
Serge Merlin  ...  Gabriel Marie (Cyclops Leader)
Mireille Mossé  ...  Mademoiselle Bismuth
Ron Perlman  ...  One
Dominique Pinon  ...  le scaphandrier / les clones
Alexis Pivot  ...  
Léo Rubion  ...  
Rufus  ...  Peeler
Judith Vittet  ...  Miette
Briac Barthélémy  ...  Bottle
Comments: Where happily ever after is just a dream.

Summary: The fantastic visions of Belgian filmmakers Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet find full fruition in this fairy tale for adults. Evoking utopias and dystopias from Brazil to Peter Pan, Caro and Jeunet create a vivid but menacing fantasy city in a perpetually twilight world. In this rough port town lives circus strongman One (Ron Perlman), who wanders the alleys and waterfront dives looking for his baby brother, snatched from him by a mysterious gang preying upon the children of the town. Rising from the harbor is an enigmatic castle where lives the evil scientist Krank (Daniel Emilfork), who has lost the ability to dream and robs the nocturnal visions of the children he kidnaps, but receives only mad nightmares from the lonely cherubs. Other wild characters include the Fagin-like Octopus--Siamese twin sisters who control a small gang of runaways-turned-thieves--Krank's six cloned henchmen (all played by the memorable Dominique Pinon from Delicatessen), and a giant brain floating in an aquarium (voiced by Jean-Louis Trintignant). Caro and Jeunet are kindred souls to Terry Gilliam (who is a vocal fan), creating imaginative flights of fancy built of equal parts delight and dread, which seem to be painted on the screen in rich, dreamy colors. --Sean Axmaker