The City of Lost Children (La Cité des Enfants Perdus) (1995)

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Critic Consensus: Not all of its many intriguing ideas are developed, but The City of Lost Children is an engrossing, disturbing, profoundly memorable experience.


Movie Info

In a futuristic city, a daemonic scientist named Krank kidnaps children to tap into their dreams.

Rating: R (for disturbing and grotesque images of violence and menace)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Guillaume Laurant, Gilles Adrien, Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 19, 1999
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site

Cast


as Miette

as The Diver/The Clones

as Marcello, the Flea ...

as Miss Bismuth

as Cyclops' Leader

as Octopus 2

as The Peeler

as The Ex-Acrobat

as Irvin's Voice

as Brother Ange-Joseph

as Tadpole

as Jeannot

as Tattoo Artist

as Tattoo Artist's Wife

as Cyclops

as Father Christmas

as Woman at her Window

as Double Clone

as Double Clone

as Double Clone

as Double Clone

as Tied-up Guard

as Glazier

as Awake Tramp

as Stripper

as Meitte (age 15)

as Miette (age 37)

as Miette (age 43)

as Miette (age 82)

as Krank (age 4)

as Krank (age 12)

as Krank (age 36)

as Krank (age 45)

as Schoolchild

as Schoolchild

as Schoolchild

as Schoolchild

as Schoolchild

as Schoolchild

as Schoolchild

as Tattoo Artist
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Critic Reviews for The City of Lost Children (La Cité des Enfants Perdus)

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (16)

Jeunet and Caro have distinctive signatures like nobody else's.

Full Review… | November 20, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

On visual terms alone, The City of Lost Children is something of a masterpiece, using state-of-the-art physical, optical and digital special effects to stretch cinematic boundaries.

Full Review… | November 20, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Essentially, The City of Lost Children is a macabre fairy tale, and while its tentacled comic-book plot and freak-show cast narrow its appeal -- this isn't a work of any allegorical depth -- Caro and Jeunet have pulled off a cinematic delight.

Full Review… | November 20, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The City of Lost Children gets so caught up in its own weirdness that it all but shuts out the viewer.

Full Review… | November 20, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

An empty triumph of overkill set design and weirdo casting.

Full Review… | November 20, 2013
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Set in a wondrously seedy waterfront world populated with runaway children and grotesque, sinister adults, it glistens with dense fantasies, technological feats that make the catch-phrase "state of the art" seem antique.

Full Review… | December 7, 2012
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The City of Lost Children (La Cité des Enfants Perdus)

½

This was a strange one but it had Ron Perlman in it and thats an automatic two stars!! A very strange little film that took me a while to get figured out but once i got in I was able to enjoy the very unique vision of this French film.

jmanard52
John Manard

Super Reviewer

½

When a scientist kidnaps a brute's sister, he must join a group of urchins to retrieve her.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet, one of our most imaginative and interesting filmmakers, throws all his cards on the table in this film. At each turn, Jeunet's world unfolds, and it's a dark vision in which a mad scientist can steal children's dreams, clones vie to be the Original, and a muscle-bound, monosyllabic tough finds his heart of gold. The film is an experience - a convoluted and occasionally hard-to-follow one, and I can imagine some people finding this film to be a collection of gimmicks, but I found it compelling and interesting.
Overall, Jeunet is a unique filmmaker, and good or bad, his films are always interesting.

hunterjt13
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

This lumpy steampunk dark fable is a perfect example of too much style over substance, offering us astonishing visuals, a beautiful soundtrack and spectacular plot devices (like the chain of events originated by a teardrop) but not so able to use all that in a more meaningful narrative.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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