Movies that are slightly off.
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.
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…
This movie was really weird. But even with that said it was still a whole lot of fun for one like myself to watch. At this moment I could even say it's my favourite film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (I'm not as in love with Amélie like I know most are), because his weird style seems to fit in best with whatever it is that he's created here. He's provided a rather nice concept here and in the very end what I got was something I enjoyed very highly. The visual style is wonderful and it enhances the experience of the film a lot more. I don't even know how else I can describe it, but I guess I can leave off saying that it was just such a fun time for someone like myself, and a rather nice surprise, too.
"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,…
You gotta like this one if you see it. It's so cool in a really weird way. It reminds me of movies like "The Addams Family" or "A Series Of Unfortunate Events". Call it fantasy if you will. There is indeed a city, with lost children, that act like adults. They fend for themselves. There's a mad scientist in there up to no good. Some other really odd characters for added fun. Dreams play a big part in this one. The little girl has a tall friend and they go on this adventure kind of. The imagery and amount of work put into this make it a sheer joy to watch.
So, so, so good.
Excesivamente barroca y alambicada producción francesa, sólo apto para los admiradores de Jeunet. Ambiente sofocante y claustrofóbico. Se ve como una curiosidad francesa, pero no me entusiasma demasiado esa ciudad donde nunca brilla el sol.
Caught this screening at my local indie. Off the wall in some ways, weirdly conventional in others. It was kind of like Brazil meets... I dunno, Mousehunt? With a Tim Burton glaze? I liked the little girl a lot, and I thought that I had seen her before but after looking her up it seems she was only in a couple other movies. Weird. Maybe she reminds me of the girl from The Others.
This might be my new favorite Ron Perlman role. The gentle giant thing suits him more than the wise-cracking guy he plays sometimes. Some of the effects are pretty dated, especially the dream mist, but that's not really an issue. It's weird now that the 90's…
This movie is very stylistically on par with some of Jeunet's other films such as Amelie and Delicatessen. Such much style, whimsy, fantastical elements and character. It was a good movie - amusing, entertaining et al. - but it just didn't grab me as much as I was thinking, hoping, wanting.
A captivating bit of cinema with so much atmosphere and presence that one can't help but embrace the world here. But now I'm getting repetitive.
Other notes of interest include some incredibly fun and unique supporting characters, Ron Perlman speaking French, Dominque Pinon with an eccentric tour de force, Daniel Emilfork in extra creepy form and a leading little girl that gives this story it's heart.
Liked it but wanted to love it.
Few films can capture gloomy, nightmarish despair so colorfully as City of Lost Children.
The story centers around One (Ron Pearlman), a simpleton and strongman for the local carnival, searching for his little brother Denree (Joseph Lucien), after Denree is picked up by the Cyclops men. The Cyclops men collect children to sell them to Krank in hopes he can thrive off their dreams to attain eternal youth. But Krank and his cloned cronies don't count on Miette (Judith Vittet), an 11-year-old orphan girl searching for her place and her purpose.
The skillfully-planned shots place you alongside the characters in their slummy, steampunk-like setting, where daylight doesn't seem to exist. And the characters that help and hinder One and Miette…
Beautiful & grotesque in equal measure, yet lacking any kind of cohesive narrative - The City of Lost Children is like a magical/nightmarish dream which would be brilliant if only it wasn't so headache-inducingly irritating.
For nearly two hours, everything that makes this movie stand out is dipped in a vat of dutch tilts and varnished with repulsive/quirky-looking characters that behave like obnoxious, screaming children.
It didn't help that I was in the dark depths of a 3-day hangover at the time so everything just seemed so much louder.
I really can't say I enjoyed this one that much. It won me over by the end, mostly through it's startling (if Dutchy) cinematography and it's hypnotic soundtrack.…
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