Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
The City of Lost Children
Where happily ever after is just a dream.
A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process.
A grotesque and dark adult fairy tale featuring nightmarish freaks preying on children of the streets!
A stunning visual feast for the eyes! Creativity and imagination are above and beyond my wildest dreams!
Jaws drop! Hearts skip a beat!
As this magnificent masterpiece reveals its fascinating and intricate attention to details that will leave you wide eyed and reveling in the rediscovery of your sense of wonder and unbridled imagination!
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The City of Lost Children is a wonderfully dark fairy-tale, spiced up by the visual flair of Jeunet and Caro.
There is something inescapably alluring about a dark tale that is about children but perhaps isn’t suitable for them. Stories like this often reside in between dark fantasy and light-hearted morality tale and this one is no exception. The conceit is rather classic, evil man tries to steal dreams from children. It is therefore not so much the content of the film that makes it so enjoyable, but most definitely the approach the pair of directors take to present it. It is visually as rich as it is grim.
Like their previous collaboration Delicatessen this film has a lovely fluidity…
When you're born in the gutter you end up in the port.
A long time ago, in a movie theater far far away, the only film I had seen from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet was Alien: Resurrection. It didn't exactly ignite a desire in me to pursue anything in his filmography. Although my opinion on the director was dramatically changed after seeing Amélie for obvious reasons, it took over 15 years for me to finally see what I believe is the film that got Jeunet the Alien sequel... for all the wrong reasons.
The City of Lost Children is a dark and disturbing fairytale. I could easily see why a Hollywood studio would drool over the thought of getting Jeunet…
If Tim Burton had a nightmare after watching 2001: A Space Odyssey, it would probably have turned out something like The City of Lost Children. Set in a twisted, cyberpunk, surrealist alternate post-apocalyptic reality, The City of Lost Children features more imagination per square inch then the average year's worth of films combined. The story follows One, a circus strongman who goes on a quest to save his little brother from the clutches of a mad scientist trying to steal the dreams of children. Along the way he joins forces with a tough young orphan named Miette, and meets a host of odd and colorful characters.
I could fill up a small novel just listing off some of the strange…
That shit be cray.
The City of Lost Children's surrealism is both charming and disturbing. A steampunk fairytale from directors Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, the film is a plethora of peculiar characters and settings. On an oil rig in the middle of an ocean reside an assortment of failed "experiments" belonging to a missing genius. These include a diminutive woman named Miss Bismuth, a brain in a tank nicknamed Uncle Irvin, six clones (played by the brilliant Dominique Pinon), an assemblage of cyclopses with acute hearing, and finally the humanoid Krank, whose despair at not being able to dream is the catalyst for much of the action.
Add to this the former Russian sailor One (whose little brother is kidnapped by Krank), and…
That shit be cray.
An atmospheric dark fantasy sci-fi masterpiece. Feels like this is not appreciated enough as it should be. If you love Terry Gilliam and Guillermo del Toro's films, The City of Lost Children is for you!
The City of Lost Children is a recommended experience. It suffers in several significant arenas, both in narration and character, but it's one of those rare movies that is still must-see if you're into the Terry Gilliam aesthetic of filmmaking.
Not that this is a Gilliam film (which is a shame, since Gilliam would have nailed it in a way Jeunet didn't). But the steampunk aesthetic mixed with when-bedtime-stories-used-to-be-terrifying concept would be right up Gilliam's alley.
The plot is a jumbled mess. Some of that might be due to cultural differences and assumptions, but mostly I suspect it's an imagination gone wild. Or drugs. (I mean, not to insinuate that drugs were involved, but the flow of the movie definitely…
French dark fairytale with some steampunk elements and costumes by none other than Jean Paul Gaultier. Lots of quirky characters, beautiful settings and a strong Terry Gilliam vibe. A good movie if you're into the above, which unfortunately I am not (anymore).
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I love Caro and Jeunet's silent cinema Rube Goldberg sequences, both in this film (breaking One’s mind control) and in Delicatessen (stopping the elaborate suicide). Visuals, visuals, visuals. That’s what sticks.
Such a beautiful movie. Loved the sets, the ideas, the weird cast, everything except the plot, which was merely okay, and maybe a little muddled.
"Sleep, my little one, sleep. I am the sandman... and you can't resist me."
This is my second Jean-Pierre Jeunet film and I'm already in love with his style.
If there's something I love about cinema is how it can transport you into a completely different world, one that might be impossible to even exist, and yet you're completely owned into it.
The City of Lost Children (La cité des enfants perdus) manages to do that in such a captivating way, that it absorbs you into this quirky and insane world throughout all of its runtime.
The film tells the story of a mad scientist (brilliantly played by Daniel Emilfork) who kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that it…
stunning. even on the 3rd watch
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