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The City of Lost Children (1995) August 4, 2006

Posted by Jinx in Adventure, Drama, Movies, Sci-Fi.

Not exactly the Titanic

Dir. Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Starring: Ron Perlman, Daniel Emilfork, Judith Vittet, Dominique Pinon and Joseph Lucien etc.,

This is the story of a sometimes circus strongman, a band of miniscule thiefs, a league of extra-ocular gentlemen, and a mad scientist.

It doesn’t say much does it? As with many good movies, the storyline in The City of Lost Children makes little sense in abbreviated form, and I’m not gonna go into too much detail. In short, it’s a Oliver Twist. That’s right, you get the ill-treated orphans adopted into street gangs, stealing seemingly thousands and thousands of moneys (francs? euros?) from any vault and pocket that their tiny hands can get into. You also get all sorts of (not so) high-tech gadgets created out of all sorts of trash.

Warning: minor spoilers ahead.

It’s pretty much a DIY-world, where everything “thrown away” is picked up and recycled, including children. The man behind the abductions is a self-imposed scientist (who’s actually an experiment gone bad himself), who kidnaps the city’s little ones in order to harness their dreams for himself. He cannot dream you see, so he’s getting prematurely old.

Ron Perlman is in this movie, and no, it’s not a repeat of his role in The Name of The Rose, but it’s not far off. As the strongman with an “accent grave”, he adds a sense that the grown-ups in the world of the movie are as lost as the kids are. He’s looking for his little brother who was kidnapped by the mysterious “cyclops”-people. It gets weirder than all of this of course, but it’s something the movie will have to say for itself. Tiredness may not be a good thing, since this movie demands your attention, there’s so much detail to look at. See it with someone who eats quietly.

This is His review, you can read Her review here

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