The City of Lost Children

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  • Fantasy films
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A child smiles delightedly in his toy-filled room as Santa emerges from the chimney-piece, but joy turns to terror as the bearded visitor is followed by more of the same; cut to a man screaming in a laboratory where, unable to dream himself, he has stolen the nightmare of a kidnapped orphan. The opening of another of Jeunet and Caro's forays into the fantastique is the perfect introduction to what's essentially a hugely inventive blend of dream, fairytale and myth, and to a strange, sinister sea-girt world that functions according to its own crazy logic. After his infant brother is abducted by a gang of semi-robotic Cyclops, kindly strong-man One (Perlman) sets off on a search that will unite him with feisty 9-year-old orphan Miette (Vittet) and lead him to the sea-rig laboratory inhabited by the evil Krank (Emilfork), his six cloned brothers (Pinon), their diminutive 'mother', and Uncle Irvin, a sardonic brain floating in a fish tank. Extraordinary.

Release details

Duration: 112 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Screenwriter: Marc Caro, Gilles Adrien, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Cast: Jean-Claude Dreyfus
Marc Caro
Judith Vittet
Daniel Emilfork
Ron Perlman
Dominique Pinon
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