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The City of Lost Children (1995)
"La cité des enfants perdus" (original title)

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A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process.

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Krank (Daniel Emilfork), who cannot dream, kidnaps young children to steal their dreams. One (Ron Perlman), a former whale hunter who is as strong as a horse, sets forth to search for Denree, his little brother who was kidnapped by Krank's men. Helped by young Miette (Judith Vittet), he soon arrives in La Cite des Enfants Perdus (The City of Lost Children). Written by Marie-Andree Poisson

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children | dream | aging | girl | rescue | See All (72) »

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Where happily ever after is just a dream. See more »

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Rated R for disturbing and grotesque images of violence and menace | See all certifications »

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15 December 1995 (USA)  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,513,028 (USA)
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Goofs

The words from The Original that Miette remembers in flashback (after she receives Uncle Irvin's dream message) differ slightly from what The Original actually said, although the point of the message is still the same. See more »

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Krank: Quiet! You vegetable!
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A dark beautiful fairy tale
19 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As in Amelie and Delicatessen, Jeunet is interested in the complex connections between things, even as small as a flea. The film is not so much about a story as it is about illustrating how the characters got where they are, often with a fast- paced sequence of events like a Rube Goldberg device. Open up your eyes and mind to the world that is created here, leave behind expectations of how it should function or how the plot should advance. You will be richly rewarded. The sets and costumes are gorgeous, true enough, but the true beauty lies in the characters and their lives; the children that are too grown up, the hero who is more a child than they are, the imperfect creations of science, and the improbable leftovers of a circus freak show.


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