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 scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process.
Ron Perlman Dominique Pinon Judith Vittet Daniel Emilfork Jean-Claude Dreyfus Geneviève Brunet Odile Mallet Mireille Mossé Serge Merlin Rufus Ticky Holgado Cris Huerta Jean-Louis Trintignant Joseph Lucien Mapi Galán Briac Barthélémy Pierre-Quentin Faesch Alexis Pivot François Hadji-Lazaro Dominique Bettenfeld Lotfi Yahya Jedidi Thierry Gibault Marc Caro Ham-Chau Luong Frankie Pain Enrique Villanueva Dominique Chevalier Lorella Cravotta Éric Houzelot Show All…
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La ciutat dels nens Perduts, Ladrão de Sonhos, 惊异狂想曲, De fortabte børns by, La ciudad de los niños perdidos, La cité des enfants perdus, La città dei bambini perduti, The City of the Lost Children
So, look, I'm not going to budge from my position that nostalgia is the prion disease of culture. So many controversies over revived, rebooted or recast franchises have made the subtext text. You don't have to stretch to see a link between nerd culture fetishising its childhood as a lost arcadia and reactionary politics any more, you can just find a Facebook page for the latest franchise whose latest incarnation has dared to cast a woman or a POC or - horrors - a WOC and read the comments. When people are complaining that the casting in a new series of Star Trek - Star fucking Trek! - is too diverse, you know you're dealing with a mentality that has…
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!
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…
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“Who has stolen the child’s dream? The mad genius Krank in his evil scheme. To what vicious depths will he not descend? Will the tale turn to tragedy... or have a happy end?”
A beautifully unsettling fairy tale brought to life before your very eyes. Childlike in its simplicity and masterful in its subtlety. Eerily sepia and rusted landscapes filled with wildly memorable characters with names like “The Octopus” “The Cult of Cyclops” “One” and “The Diver”. A visual treat of matte paintings, marvelous set design, practical machines, early cgi, fisheye lens, all within a unique and frightening world.
The perfect dark fairytale for burgeoning young fantasy/sci-fi fans.
Avant-Garde Expressionism through a child’s eyes.
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…
I'm in awe of the crazy production design of The City of Lost Children. It is an original slice of surreal cinema that oozes creativity in every scene. The beautifully stylised fantasy world is the effort of unique filmmaking that embraces all kind of weird. The grungey look and odd shots (including loads of angled close-ups) contributes to a kind of adult fairytale. Which is strange as the humour is rather childish and part of the film seems to be that we are all children on some level. I think that's a weakness really, because The City of Lost Children has such a special style with horror inflections but the story is trope-heavy and feels mismatched for the dark, adult…
This film makes colors swallowed in shadow look better than most films make brightly lit colors look.
The pinnacle of gothic grotesquery, this takes everything that is wonderful about French film (the romance, the humour, the lack of a need for straightforward explanation, the pure joie de vivre) and wraps it into a fantastical fairy tale for both adults and children.
The production design is utterly stunning - every location feels tangible and lived in, anything that can take a rivet has a rivet in it, rendering the whole environment hugely tactile and real; which when added to the overall design (the kind of steampunk gothic whimsy that Tim Burton never got anywhere near even in his finest work) gives the entire film a dreamy/nightmare feel that actually could have come from your own imagination.
A very imaginative and dark steam-punk fantasy tale. Loses a little focus from time to time and has some dated CGI moments but a great experience overall.
Sadly, The City of Lost Children didn't *quite* land as well with me as it did when I first watched it, which was admittedly a very long time ago.
The story's just a bit too elusive at times and it really doesn't need to be. The complexity of so many characters and subplots is a distraction rather than an embellishment, even more so because the central story is an extremely strong one that is replete with possibilities all by itself.
But you know what you're going to get from Jeunet et Caro. Their visuals and their pile-on of eccentric characters are part and parcel of their films, and it's difficult to…
The second installment of Jeunet's 90s sci-fi trilogy builds upon Delicatessen's restless imagination, applying the discipline required to make it resonate beyond mere style, while the focus on cloning and body horror points directly toward Alien Resurrection. It is this film that is his most successful, though—a fabulous steampunk symphony of gothique visions and sepia moods, set to a gorgeously plaintive Badalamenti score (that Marianne Faithfull theme song, too!).
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…
Jean Pierre Jeaunet and Marc Caro really managed to make a film weirder than Delicatessen, and it works so well!
Such a playful director duo, everytime I watch a film by them I am amazed at how much new stuff they come up with. Their worlds are surreal and their stories are bonkers with a touch of heartfelt emotions, they really are very exciting filmmakers!
For some reason I’d rank think at the bottom of what I’ve seen from them, not that it’s a bad film it’s a great film, I think i just feel less desire to talk about it at length than with their other 2 that I’ve seen.
THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN
Directed by Jean Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro
Like DELICATESSEN from the same creative team, this picture is a little indescribable. An elderly man harnesses the power of the nightmares of children, ostensibly to keep himself and perhaps the very world of this film. Post apocalyptic and brown and rotting and waterlogged and vibrant all at the same time. Bit of a visual steam punk influence here and lots of cloning and twins and more.
The story here gets lost and is mostly convoluted. There is tons of noise, crying babies and screaming, everybody is incessantly screaming.
DELICATESSEN to my mind is far better than THE CITY OF THE LOST CHILDREN. That said, this too is a visual feast and should we watched for the visuals alone.
very good, watch in french please.
- Eccentric (albeit a bit over-the-top) characters with clearly defined objectives or developed roles.
- Surrealistic set design. Dystopian world-building that establishes a dank ass, unsettling mood. Much is left undefined in the sense of law and order, demographic scope of the city’s inhabitants (I mean, the audience is exposed to a disproportionate handful of orphans and oddities), and extent of magical elements and capabilities. The setting still holds up for its purpose in immersion though.
- Creative storytelling execution, from its use of visual warping effects to exacerbate the nightmare-inducing quality to Daniel Emilfork‘s character (Krank); to its jarring, bottom-up angled close-ups of Krank’s facial expressions and drool; to its seamlessly smooth perspective-switching breakaway sequences.
It’s easily one of my favorite movies that I’ve seen this year. I highly recommend it to anyone who seeks entertainment that uniquely capitalizes on the bizarre.
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God how FUNKY
To say that The City of Lost Children was a surreal nightmare would be a monumental understatement. A dark fairytale with an aesthetic derived from the blending of Guillermo del Toro & David Lynch. A masterful melding of creativity & the bizarre. Unlike anything, you have seen before.
What a fever dream!
This is a difficult film to rate.
Here's the thing: Visually, the film is absolutely amazing. Marc Caro's art direction with Jean-Pierre Jeunet's inventive visual language is just perfection. Loved it, loved it, loved it. However, I was pretty lost on the story for the most part. My mind started to wander on its own and I had to rewind the film multiple times because I found myself not being really engaged with it. Just when I thought that all was lost, an amazing cinematic moment that Jeunet would obviously later expand on in Amelie happened around the one hour mark, and it all kinda came together after that. And then it ended. And the more I thought about it,…
the set design in this movie is absolutely insane. didn’t really do much for me otherwise. reminded me of pan’s labyrinth a lot
Every film should feature Dominique Pinon playing seven different characters.
angelo badalamenti let’s goooo
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