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A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process.
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…
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…
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…
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…
"Once upon a time there was an inventor so gifted that he could create life. A truly remarkable man."
Jean-Pierre Jeunet The City of Lost Children is a nightmarish fairy tale, that I would love to dream every night.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet has an eye for detail and specially and eye for creating immersive worlds, where the line of fantasy and reality is a very thing blurry line.
Jeunet cinematography is beautiful and rich, when you watch The City of Lost Children you get transported to a gritty, nasty place, that you don't want to leave.
Ron Pearlman as Mr. One, is as always great, what can I say the dude was made for roles like this,…
Scavenger Hunt April 2016
16. A film with 2 or more directors: The City Of Lost Children
Just absolutely spectacular. Both Marc Caro and Jean Pierre Jeunet are complete masters in terms of French cinema (I say French cinema because let's all forget about Alien Ressurection x) and I adore all of their lovely little creations which originate from my ancestors motherland. 🇫🇷🇫🇷♥️
However, City Of Lost Children will always have a special place in my heart for several reasons. It's completely batshit insane, occasionally hilarious, one of the most visually beautiful films I have ever seen as well as having that pleasant little Jeunet/Caro quirkiness and craziness sprinkled all over it. Don't miss this one, really wild ride…
I'm writing my application for grad school now and thinking about all the films that totally ruined me through my teens and early twenties but somehow totally forgot that my most used personal essay for undergrad applications was about this film. Extremely on brand for me. I'm sure the essay was awful.
I wanted to love this I really did. The set down is incredible and beatiful and the story is very original and interesting. However it never meets its full potential, becomes very messy and really drags. I feel like this would've worked a lot better if it was shorter and if there was more structure. It's full of many unnecessary scenes which really do ruin the story. Ron Perlman is brilliant though and is the one saving grace of this film.
Beautiful and haunting visual film. Great and just weird enough in it's characters and acting. Absolutely worth watching!
A mysterious and elegant painting of a strange, dark and scabby world. The sticky atmosphere created is seductive, the various distinctive characters fascinating, and the ongoing sentimentality delightful. While it may not manage to attain a profoundly moving and thought-provoking climax, the film is filled with fascinating images, as well as ideas.
Such an imaginative film, and with so much heart. Ron Perlman is incredibly lovable in his role as the gentle circus strongman, speaking in his awkward, broken French.
Even the villain is somewhat lovable in his own weird way. A miserable creature, who's bitter desperation evokes a certain sympathy as he is ceaselessly tormented by his loneliness and inability to truly know what it is to dream. His absence of a soul, leaving him with a frightening presence that allows him only the experience of second-hand nightmares.
Lucky for us, all a person would REALLY have to do to know what it's like to dream, is to watch this beautiful film.
What an amazing world this takes place in! What an amazing style!
I wish I could leave this at The City of Lost Movies.
جايي كه مخلوق خالق كشي مي كند. يك پازل در هم كه ممكنه كمي گيج كننده باشه و به شدت فكر آدم رو مشغول مي كنه . هارموني رنگي فيلم رو دوست داشتم . داستان رو خيلي دوست نداشتم ولي ايده ي كلي عالي بود .
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