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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 <a href="http://letterboxd.com/mr_dulac/film/alien-resurrection/reviews/"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…
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 just can't shake off the feeling that there is a lot of wasted potential in this movie. The worldbuilding is top notch and I love the dark steampunk setting, the costume and make-up design that gives the characters a really freakish look, and the fact that the movie almost feels like a comic book that came to life because of these choices. Unfortunately they just do so little with it story wise. It's not that the movie isn't crammed with tons of bizarre ideas and plot devices, the problem is that they don't really work together and you don't have any well fleshed-out characters to care for. I also wish they had toned down some of the crazy stuff…
This is from the same director of another masterpiece called Delicatessen. The imagery in this movie is spellbinding to say the least. Directorial style is very similar to Terry Gilliam but Jean Pierre is his own genius. I can't give away the plot because it's so complex but this is an amazing visual movie.
Jeunet and Caro created a post apocalyptic steam punk dream world, and I'm adding these sets to my mental list of favorite film sets. The movie felt a bit all over the map at times, but the characters and camerawork keep you rooted and waiting for the next shot.
This is a movie that when I tell people about it, I say, "If you tend to like movies on a purely visual level, you'll LOVE this one." And it's true. Though the story is only mediocre to decent, it's the quirky visual style that puts City of the Lost Children above and beyond the rest. It's so bizarre and interesting that I can't help but love it.
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There is something to be said for an amazingly well-crafted and imaginative scenario. While the film is narratively flat, its craft is unimpeachable, especially for 1995.
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.
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Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…