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25 Days Of Christmas: ‘La Cité des Enfants Perdus’ is a strange, entertaining, unique film

4 December 2011 11:58 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Day 4: La Cité des Enfants Perdus (1995)

Written by Gilles Adrien and Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Directed by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet

What’s it about?

A little girl, Miette, and a carnival strong man, One, team up to look for One’s brother, Denree, who’s been kidnapped by a mad scientist attempting to steal children’s dreams.


This strange, surreal film is unlike anything many will have seen. Certain comparisons to Jeunet’s Amelie are apt, but for the most part, La Cité des Enfants Perdus is a film all its own. It opens disconcertingly, with a young child visited by Santa. Then another comes down the chimney, followed by another and another. The room begins to spin, the numerous Santas grow increasingly distorted and threatening, and the music becomes increasingly ominous before cutting out to the boy and a strange man strapped in to a machine, large helmets attached to their heads. »

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