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

R  |   |  Fantasy, Sci-Fi  |  15 December 1995 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Emilfork ...
Judith Vittet ...
Geneviève Brunet ...
Odile Mallet ...
Mireille Mossé ...
Serge Merlin ...
Joseph Lucien ...
Mapi Galán ...
Briac Barthélémy ...
Pierre-Quentin Faesch ...


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) »


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


Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

15 December 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The City of Lost Children  »

Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)


$1,513,028 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Jean-Pierre Jeunet:  [underwater scene]  See more »


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 »


Krank: Quiet! You vegetable!
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Referenced in The Lost Empire (2001) See more »


Who Will Take Your Dreams Away
Lyrycs and performed by Marianne Faithfull
Music and poduced by Angelo Badalamenti
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My all time favorite
21 December 1998 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

The City of Lost Children is my all time favorite movie. It is unlike anything I've ever seen or experienced before. It's a movie that I hold dear to my heart and will never forget. I have to be honest though, the first time I saw this movie, I really didn't like it at all. The story was too confusing, and the characters were extremely weird and twisted. After watching it a second and third time, however, I understood what was going on more, and could spend more time looking at the visuals rather than the subtitles. Speaking of visuals, this movie has it in spades. The environment that Jean-Pierre Jeunet created is out of this world. The city is very dark and the water looks as if there are secrets hidden within. The mood the soundtrack sets is perfect for the scenery and the superb acting by everybody (including the kids) just adds to the greatness of this flick. I highly recommend this movie, it's one of those movies that you will never forget watching, and the images will stay in your head for a very long time. A beautiful, beautiful, movie. 10/10

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