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The City of Lost Children -- A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process.

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15 December 1995 (USA) See more »
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Where happily ever after is just a dream. See more »
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A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ron Perlman ... One
Daniel Emilfork ... Krank
Judith Vittet ... Miette

Dominique Pinon ... le scaphandrier / les clones

Jean-Claude Dreyfus ... Marcello
Geneviève Brunet ... la Pieuvre
Odile Mallet ... la Pieuvre
Mireille Mossé ... Mademoiselle Bismuth
Serge Merlin ... Gabriel Marie (Cyclops Leader)
Rufus ... Peeler

Ticky Holgado ... Ex-acrobat
Joseph Lucien ... Denree
Mapi Galán ... Lune
Briac Barthélémy ... Bottle
Pierre-Quentin Faesch ... Pipo
Alexis Pivot ... Tadpole
Léo Rubion ... Jeannot
Guillaume Billod-Morel ... Child
François Hadji-Lazaro ... Killer
Dominique Bettenfeld ... Bogdan
Lotfi Yahya Jedidi ... Melchior (as Lotfi Yahyajedidi)
Thierry Gibault ... Brutus
Marc Caro ... Brother Ange-Joseph

Jean-Louis Trintignant ... L'oncle Irvin (voice)
Ham-Chau Luong ... Tattoo Artist
Bezak ... Helmsman
Thomas Hong-Maï ... Tattoo Artist's Wife
Frankie Pain ... Barmaid (as Frankie)
René Pivot ... Glazier
Daniel Adric ... Cyclops
Christophe Salengro ... Soldier
René Marquant ... Captain
Enrique Villanueva ... Spainard
Dominique Chevalier ... Tied-up Guard (as Dominique)
Cris Huerta ... Father (as Chris Huerta)
Lorella Cravotta ... Woman at her
Michel Smolianoff ... Awake Tramp
Éric Houzelot ... Soldier
Lili Cognard ... Winner
Angélique Philibert ... Stripper
Marie Piémontèse ... Stripper
Antoinette Dias ... Stripper
Zak Russomanno ... Stripper
Djamila Bouda ... Stripper
Philippe Beautier ... Double Clones
Lauren Geoffroy ... Stripper
Marc Amyot ... Double Clones #2
Jean-Philippe Labadie ... Double Clones
Cyril Aubin ... Double Clones #4
Raphaèle Bouchard ... Miette, age
Bruno Journée ... Double Clones #5
Jérémie Freund ... Krank, age 12
Elisabeth Etienne ... Miette, age 37 (as Babeth Etienne)
Joris Geneste ... Krank, age 36
Rachel Boulenger ... Miette, age 43
Michel Motu ... Krank, age 45
Nane Germon ... Miette, age 82
Julie Bernard ... Child
Valentin Simonet ... Child
Eglantine Blanckaert ... Schoolchild
Gaëtan Bouyala ... Schoolchild
Mickael Bussinger ... Schoolchild
Jonathan Gatinois ... Schoolchild
Joshka Kaufmann ... Schoolchild
Morgan Mariac ... Schoolchild
Caroline Marsily ... Schoolchild
Geoffroy Morange ... Schoolchild
Sébastien Thaissart ... Schoolchild
Charlotte Bienfait ... Baby
Camille Dufeu ... Baby
Robinson Fouille ... Baby
Alysia Hoffeurt ... Baby
Sandy Kontargyris ... Baby
Andrew Laupen ... Baby
Théo Madueno ... Baby
Arthur Mazet ... Baby
Fackry M'Saidie ... Baby
Gabriel Pierre ... Baby
Bérangère Pivot ... Baby
Charlotte Ribaud-Chevrey ... Baby
Laura Robert ... Baby
Caroline Rochand ... Baby
Carolane Yvan ... Baby
Margot Tostivint ... Baby
Buster Verbraeken ... Krank, age 4
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mathieu Kassovitz ... Man on the street (uncredited)
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Directed by
Marc Caro 
Jean-Pierre Jeunet 
 
Writing credits
Gilles Adrien  &
Jean-Pierre Jeunet  &
Marc Caro 

Gilles Adrien (dialogue)

Guillaume Laurant (additional dialogue) &
Jean-Pierre Jeunet (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Félicie Dutertre .... producer
María Victoria Hebrero .... producer
José Luis López .... producer (as José Luis Lopez)
Arlette Mas .... producer
Svetlana Novak .... assistant producer
Claudie Ossard .... producer
Elías Querejeta .... co-producer
François Rabes .... producer
 
Original Music by
Angelo Badalamenti 
 
Cinematography by
Darius Khondji 
 
Film Editing by
Hervé Schneid  (as Herve Schneid)
 
Casting by
Pierre-Jacques Bénichou 
 
Production Design by
Marc Caro 
Jean Rabasse 
 
Art Direction by
Jean Rabasse 
 
Set Decoration by
Aline Bonetto 
Georges Mougine 
Denis Ozenne 
Marie-Laure Valla 
 
Costume Design by
Jean-Paul Gaultier 
 
Makeup Department
Beya Gasmi .... assistant hair stylist
Benoît Lestang .... makeup artist (as Benoit Lestang)
John Nollet .... hair stylist (as Jean Nollet)
Stéphanie Selva .... makeup artist (as Stephanie Selva)
Nathalie Tissier .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jean-Jacques Damiani .... unit manager
Isabelle Morax .... post-production supervisor
Edith Pommerol .... unit manager
Fabien Pondevaux .... assistant production manager
Gilles Saulnier .... unit manager
Daniel Szuster .... production manager
Bruno Vignier .... unit manager
Primitivo Álvaro .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Grégoire Barachin .... second assistant director
Christophe Douchand .... first assistant director
Jean-Marc Tostivint .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Jean-Marc Adou .... painter
Dominique Antraygues .... painter
Philippe Auclaire .... chief
Gilles Baillot .... carpenter
Olivier Barbier .... constructor
Claude Baron .... carpenter
Paul Bastide .... paint foreman
Brigitte Baudet .... sculptor
Franck Benezech .... first assistant art
Arnaud Benezit .... constructor
François Bernard .... sculptor
Valerie Berthoux .... model maker
François Billy .... constructor
Eric Blanchet .... art department
Jean-Jacques Blanlot .... constructor
Bernard Boivin .... chief constructor
Bernard Bordet .... staff carpenter
Chantal Bouchard .... painter
Philippe Boucheron .... constructor
George Boudic .... carpenter (as Georges Boudic)
Marc Brava .... art department trainee
Alain Briend .... art department
Claire Briet .... art department
Bernard Brunet .... art department
Richard Bruyere .... staffer
Brigitte Cardinal .... sculptor
Marc Caro .... artistic director
Jean-Louis Caron .... constructor
Denis Chaboissier .... painter
Marie Chapuis .... painter
Jean-Michel Chartier .... chief
Alain Chaudet .... carpenter
Juliette Cheneau .... art department
Tranquillo Cimenti .... carpenter
Daniel Clerici .... carpenter
Bernard Coispel .... chief carpenter
Pierre Conejero .... constructor
Dominique Contesso .... painter
Thierry Cottin .... carpenter
Michel Courtemanche .... constructor
Jean-Pierre Delettre .... milling
Philippe Demante .... constructor
Gil Demezzo .... constructor
Henri Demonio .... constructor
Marie Desforge .... chief painter
Sylvain Despretz .... production
Xavier Dubech .... constructor
Pierre Duboisberranger .... art
Fabien Dufour .... art department
Michel Dupont .... constructor
Michele Elsair .... draughtsman
Fabien Esnard-Lacombe .... tattoo
Vincent Febrinon .... carpenter
Dominique Filliatreau .... metal
Marc Fivel .... draughtsman
Claude Forget .... carpenter
Corinne Forget .... sculptor
Olivier Foucher .... carpenter
Mr. Fournier-Dencott .... cyclop
Herve Gavillet .... metal worker
Vincent Gazier .... sculptor
Dominique Giron .... constructor
Antônio Grassi .... carpenter
Christian Guillebaud .... constructor
Jean-Claude Guilleman .... metal
Michel Guivet .... constructor
Philippe Harlez .... draughtsman
Yann Haugomat .... model maker
Christophe Hervé .... painter
Jean-François Huet .... constructor
Marie-Noelle Humbert .... painter
Emmanuel Jaffre .... constructor
Bruno Jaunay .... constructor
Mathieu Junot .... property master
Gerard Kadyszewski .... metal worker
Gilbert Kadyszewski .... metal worker
Catherine Keller .... constructor
Jean Labille .... metal worker
Catherine Lafferriere-Weihtzem .... sculptor
Pierre Le Garrec .... model maker
Loïc Le Moigne .... painter
Jean-Louis Lebreton .... sculptor
Marie Baduel Legarrec .... sculptor
Philippe Legrand .... painter
Karine Lemonnier .... painter
Eric Levavasseur .... constructor
Franck Levi .... constructor
Patrick Loret .... painter
Yannick Luce .... art department
Veronique Malaval .... sculptor
Anne Marchand .... painter
Frédéric Marchand .... constructor
Christian Marrot .... metal worker
Antoine Martial .... milling cutter
Michel Masson .... painter
Roger Mattei .... painter
Antonio Matterson .... constructor
Fabrice Maux .... painter
Philippe Meynard .... chief painter
Thierry Michaud .... assistant set
Patrick Milizia .... constructor
Franck Miniconi .... on-set painter
Sylvie Mitault .... painter
Igor Mollet .... carpenter
Manuel Mougin .... set propman
Philippe Moutard .... painter
Enes Muftic .... draughtsman
Philippe Naert .... carpenter
Joel Nicolas .... carpenter
David Nouyrit .... painter
Philippe Pallut .... carpenter
Jacques Pellissier .... ripper
Marcel Perez .... carpenter
François Pernod .... carpenter
Claude Perry .... painter
Eric Pigoy .... carpenter
Enrico Pittiglio .... painter
Frank Pitussi .... model maker
Claude Poulain .... art department
Franck Proix .... painter
Christian Rivet .... constructor
Marie Rulens Dit Rosier .... carpenter
François Roux .... sculptor
Jean-Michel Rudrauf .... painter
Maryse Saint-Maur .... painter
Vianney Santrot .... carpenter
Franck Scala .... metal worker
Martina Seeber .... painter
Bertrand Seitz .... first assistant art
Philippe Senie .... chief constructor
Yann Sibiril .... carpenter
Gérard Simonet .... constructor
Carole Steinberger .... painter
Eckehard Stritzke .... constructor
Catherine Tanga .... art department
Michel Tardif .... constructor
Bertrand Terreyre .... constructor
Christophe Thiollier .... second
Jean-Yves Thoreau .... metal worker
Michel Toubkis .... carpenter
Jean-Jacques Vassal .... constructor
Pascal Vedel .... second assistant art
Nicole Veilhan .... painter
Martine Veille .... painter
Eric Vermeil .... chief painter
Stephane Vuigner .... metal worker
Pierre-Marie Ziegler .... painter
 
Sound Department
Vincent Arnardi .... sound re-recording mixer
Vincent Arnardi .... sound supervisor
Vianney Aube .... adr editor
Emmanuel Augeard .... adr editor
Aïlo Auguste-Judith  (as Aïlo)
Lucien Balibar .... sound trainee
Marc Caro .... sound effects
Pierre Excoffier .... sound (as Pierre)
Vincent Guillon .... sound editor
Jean-Pierre Halbwachs .... sound designer
Jean-Pierre Halbwachs .... sound editor
Jean-Pierre Halbwachs .... sound
Gérard Hardy .... sound editor (as Gerard Hardy)
Laurent Kossayan .... sound effects (as Laurent)
Franck Lebon .... sound effects
Thierry Lebon .... sound mixer
Jean-Louis Lebras .... adr boom operator
Jean-Pierre Lelong .... foley artist
Jacques Lévy  (as Jacques Levy)
Pierre Martens .... sound recordist
Françoise Maulny .... post-synchronization (as Francoise)
Mario Melchiorri .... assistant foley artist
Bruno Mercere .... sound effects
Laurent Zeilig .... boom operator
Cyrille Zoukhotine  (as Cyrille)
 
Special Effects by
Philippe Alleton .... first special effects artist
Jean-Baptiste Bonetto .... special effects
Philippe Boulenouar .... metalworker
Yves Domenjoud .... special effects
Delphine Doreau .... special effects (as Delphine Coffin)
Denis Gastou .... sculptor
Olivier Gleyze .... special effects
Pierre-Paul Jayne .... sculptor
Lionel Mathis .... second special effects artist
Pascal Molina .... animatronics
Jean-Christophe Spadaccini .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Jérôme Arthuis .... digitalization
Xavier Bec .... researcher
Pierre Buffin .... computer animator
Alain Carsoux .... digital compositing
Jean-Marc Castera .... 3D modeler and animator
Seb Caudron .... digital artist (as Sebastien Caudron)
Laurent Clavier .... researcher
Stéphane Cros .... researcher
Stéphane Cros .... software programmer
Stephane Deverly .... researcher
Delphine Domer .... set supervisor
Delphine Domer .... visual effects production
Thomas Duval .... digital compositing
Hubert Fourneaux .... visual effects
Marc Jouveneau .... motion control
Laure Lacroix .... technical
Arnon Manor .... 3D modeler and animator: BUF
Pitof .... digital visual effects director
Philippe Rebours .... researcher
Christophe Richard .... digital artist
Antoine Simkine .... visual effects executive producer: Duboi
Jean-Clement Soret .... telecinema
Frederic Soumagnas .... 3D modeler
Frederic Soumagnas .... digital artist
Olivier Tubach .... researcher
Denis Van Waerebeke .... digital effects artist
Jean-Marie Vives .... digital matte artist
Colin Watkinson .... motion control
Simon Weisse .... visual effects miniatures
Veronique Zylberfain .... graphic designer
Jean-Christophe Boue .... digital artist (uncredited)
Rip Hampton O'Neil .... director of reseach and development: DuboiColor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Eric Barone .... stunts
Jean-Claude Braquet .... stunts
Rémi Canaple .... assistant stunts
Patrick Cauderlier .... stunt coordinator
Pascaline Girardot .... stunts
Christian Hening  (as Christian)
Michel Julienne .... stunts
Marcel Labbaye .... stunts
Jean-Loup Michou .... stunts
Stephane Ode .... stunts
Frederick Renard .... stunts
Catherine Robert .... stunts
Christophe Roblin .... stunt driver
Christophe Roblin .... stunts
Philippe Vittoriani .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michel Amathieu .... director of photography: additional photography
Adrien Angliviel .... first assistant camera (as Adrien)
Franck Barrault .... electrician
Christophe Beaucarne .... assistant camera
Vincent Blasco .... grip: second unit
Sophie Cadet .... assistant camera
Eric Caro .... set photographer
Isabelle Casez .... assistant camera
Johanne Debas .... assistant camera
Johanne Debas .... first assistant camera: second unit
Philippe Depardieu .... electrician
Robert Dona .... grip
Bruno Dubet .... key grip
Thierry Fonteny .... grip
Bernard Gemähling .... electrician (as Bernard)
Marc Koninckx .... Steadicam operator
Marc Koninckx .... camera operator
Philippe Le Sourd .... second assistant camera (as Philippe)
Agnès Letessier .... assistant camera
Eric Monin .... electrician
Mikael Monod .... electrician
Jean-Hugues Oppel .... assistant camera
Pascal Pajaud .... gaffer
Michel Revest .... assistant camera
Luc Rondeau .... electrician
Michel Sabourdy .... electrician
Etienne Saldés .... grip
Roland Savoye .... underwater camera operator
Jean-Michel Vincent .... grip
Yorgo Voyagis .... key grip (as Yorgo Voyatzis)
 
Animation Department
Eric Frion .... tracer
Xavier Miclet .... tracer
Michel Risse .... tracer
Tom Wiggins .... tracer
 
Casting Department
Gabrielle Beroff .... casting assistant (as Gabriel Beroff)
Nathaniele Esther .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Madeline Fontaine .... head costumer
Janet Latimer .... dresser
 
Editorial Department
Laure Auger-Robert .... post-production secretary
Katia Besimensky .... assistant editor
Beatriz Chamón .... assistant film editor
Colette Kassabian .... negative cutter
Yvan Lucas .... color timer
Nacho Ruiz Capillas .... editor: Spain
 
Music Department
Andrew Barrett .... orchestrator
Stepán Konícek .... head of orchestra
Thierry Lebon .... music mixer
Hervé Schneid .... music editor
René Taquet .... musical consultant
Jirí Zobac .... music engineer
 
Transportation Department
Yvon Fremy .... driver: art department
 
Other crew
Aude Boedec .... production secretary
Marc Bruckert .... titles: Le Village
Juliette Caron .... set interpreter
Alexandre Cauderlier .... underwater
Gilles Caussade .... financial director
Noel Chainbaux .... trainee
Guillaume Favreau .... assistant manager
Laurent Flaesch .... assistant animal trainer
Michel Flaesch .... animal trainer
Florence Magna-Schneid .... continuity
Pierre Medalin .... underwater
Carlos de Muns .... international production coordinator
Svetlana Novak .... production assistant
Dominique Ricou .... underwater
Sylvain Surble .... catering: Cantine de
Christian Valsamidis .... legal
Marie-Laure Villa .... location manager
Aruna Villiers .... script supervisor
Anne Wermelinger .... script
Sylvie Zadjner .... location manager (as Sylvie Zajdner)
 
Thanks
Simona Benzakein .... thanks: Presse
Michel Doursoux .... thanks
Véronique Melery .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La cité des enfants perdus" - France (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for disturbing and grotesque images of violence and menace
Runtime:
112 min
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Trivia:
Director Trademark: [Jean-Pierre Jeunet] [underwater scene]See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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:
Clone:C'est moi l'original! C'est moi!See more »
Soundtrack:
Who Will Take Your Dreams AwaySee more »

FAQ

Why do One and Miette need the map through the minefield if they easily avoid the mines with a rowboat?
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74 out of 103 people found the following review useful.
Quiet! You vegetable!, 25 September 2004
Author: Andy (film-critic) from Bookseller of the Blue Ridge

The City of Lost Children gets two platinum stars and also moves up to one of my top ten favorite films of all time. This is a confusing story, from beginning to end it expands your mind, reaches into your nightmares, and creates a story that is part Dark City and part of a novel called "The Golden Compass" by Phillip Pullman.

Yes, this film was everything and more. Not only visually beautiful, but the creative and symbolic meaning of the actions and words of the characters are "jaw dropping". Also, there are so many sub-stories in this film that reminded me of the style that Run Lola Run was done. This is the style that due to a connection of unrelated events something extraordinary happens. Let me give you an example from this film: There is a scene where the girl and One (Ron Pearlman-also a very biblical name) are trying to escape from the two women who want their jewels. There are events that lead from a dog finding its female companion to a boat almost hitting/splitting the women in half. Wild coincidences...imagine this times ten, and you have this film.

Keep in mind this is a French film with English subtitles, so you are not only getting the true voice of the film, but seeing the darkness of the cinematography without any American input. This really shows the purpose behind making this film, it really takes you to a new place so dark and dreamlike that you the viewer actually feel like you are in the picture itself. A movie about dreams and nightmares that takes place in a world of dreams and nightmares.

Overall, a heavily religious and symbolic film, The City of Lost Children should be put at the top of your foreign film list. Put it in your DVD player, open your mind, and be ready for a wild and intense ride!!

Grade: ***** out of *****

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