The City of Lost Children (1995)


The City of Lost Children – Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet

La cité des enfants perdus (original title)

Summary:  A scientist named Krank (Daniel Emilfork) is unable to dream.  He and his henchmen kidnap young children, keeping them within a city in order to steal their dreams in hopes it will reverse his advanced aging affliction.  A former whale hunter, and carnival strong man (Ron Perlman), has his brother kidnapped by Krank’s men and so he sets out on a search to find his younger sibling.  With the help of a young girl (Judith Vittet), he soon arrives at the City of Lost Children and is quickly confronted by many of its weird and wonderful inhabitants.

My Review:  I haven’t seen this film for a very long time, and it was only the once.  It’s hard for me to remember exactly the narrative, but I’ve never forgotten the mesmerizing visuals and characters.  This is what Tim Burton could have been, if he hadn’t failed so miserably.  Eerie with a fairy tale plot, yet not suitable for children due to being a mixture of horror and dark fantasy, but no firm or solid standing in either genre. Accompanied by a Angelo Badalamenti (writer of the Twin Peaks theme) soundtrack, it’s beautifully weird.

My Rating: 3/5

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