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The City of Lost Children (1995)

La cité des enfants perdus (original title)
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:
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One
Daniel Emilfork ...
Judith Vittet ...
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Marcello
Geneviève Brunet ...
La Pieuvre (as Genevieve Brunet)
Odile Mallet ...
Mireille Mossé ...
Serge Merlin ...
Gabriel Marie (Cyclops Leader)
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Peeler
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Ex-Acrobat
Joseph Lucien ...
Mapi Galán ...
Lune (as Mapi Galan)
Briac Barthélémy ...
Bottle (as Briac Barthelemy)
Pierre-Quentin Faesch ...
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Storyline

Set in a dystopian society, someone is kidnapping the children. Krank and his band of clones are using the children to harvest their dreams. Then they kidnap Denree, the brother of One, a fairground strongman. One sets out to find his brother. Written by grantss

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children | dream | aging | girl | rescue | See All (97) »

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

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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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,513,028
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1.85 : 1
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To achieve the slightly skewed color scheme of the movie, the actors were made up in white face and the color palette corrected until they were flesh-toned. See more »

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 »

Quotes

Krank: Irvin?
L'oncle Irvin: I've got a migraine!
Krank: Irvin, you know all about feelings. Won't you try to help me? Won't you explain why all those children only have nightmares?
L'oncle Irvin: Because you are their nightmare. You could persecute all the children in the world, but there's one thing you'll never have.
Krank: What?
L'oncle Irvin: A soul.
Krank: Because you believe you have one? You don't even have a body. The one who created us made us all monsters.
L'oncle Irvin: No Krank, you're wrong. You are the only monster here.
Krank: [Distressed] Be Quiet! He is the only one ...
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Referenced in Final Fantasy VII (1997) See more »

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Actually, quite good!
3 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

The first time I saw this movie I shook my head and wondered why I wasted three dollars renting this movie. It seemed to me that the storyline was worthless. However, I gave this movie a second chance, and this time instead of constantly reading the subtitles I paid more attention to the acting and events taking place on-screen.

I was shocked. The amount of creativity and symbolism blew me away. A lot of questions I had accumulated throughout my first viewing were answered by watching the movie carefully.

I recommend to everyone who thought this a poor movie to watch it again. If you don't speak French (like myself) try not to get so involved in the subtitles that you miss critical detail. It's there, and it's important, trust me!


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