The city of lost children

The city of lost children

La cité des enfants perdus

DVD - 2007 | French
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MPAA rating: R, for disturbing and grotesque images of violence and menace.
This fantastically twisted fairy tale is chock-full of curious characters and special effects. A sad and heartbroken madman, Krank, is aging prematurely because he can't dream. He kidnaps little children, hoping that eventually he will find a way to steal their sleeping thoughts. The story takes the form of a quest, as a sentimental harpooner-turned-fairground strongman, One, sets out to find his young brother on a dilapidated oil rig. He soon falls in love with the gutsy nine-year-old girl (who is head of the orphan gang), and together they run a gauntlet of fantastical dangers as they join hearts and hands to save a small boy's dreams from the madman's master plan.


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Jun 16, 2013

Step into the nightmare/fantasy world of this truly bizarre, freaky and phenomenally weird tale that comes at you straight from hell._____ Very quirky and curious, The City Of Lost Children (TCOLC) is definitely something of an original (which is hard to believe is even possible in this "been there/seen that" age of filmdom that we all live in these days)._____ This undoubtedly strange and, yes, unsettling, little tale is sure to leave quite a lasting impression on the viewer long after the closing credits have rolled on by._____ Directed with a truly astonishing visual flair, TCOLC puts a rather unique, new twist (that's very dark and surreal) on the familiar "Mad Scientist" theme._____ You can be sure that this is one far-out fairy tale that you'll never, ever see coming to you from the likes of Disney Studios._____ TCOLC's one drawback is that its story has a tendency to be quite uneven at times. But, hey, that aside, it is still well-worth a view.

Jul 12, 2011

If you like Gotham city settings with cute kids captured by moral defects, then this fable is fabulous. Scary for kids but well resolved, this is a good film available in French or English.

Anarchivist Jun 06, 2011

My all time favorite film. From the sets to costumes (by Jean-Paul Gaultier) to casting, this movie is perfect.

Dec 08, 2009

This is a lovely, surreal film. The colours and atmosphere are fantastic.


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