The City of Lost Children (1995) Poster


Ron Perlman doesn't speak French and was the only American on set. But he learned all of his lines, and delivered them without error. In commentaries and interviews, however, he insists his French was bad.
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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.
The Octopus are conjoined twins joined at the leg, but the actresses who played them are not. A prosthetic third leg was designed and fitted to the actresses, but they could not walk while wearing it. This is why the Octopus sisters do not walk in any shot of their whole body.
During filming, Ron Perlman was bitten by the dog with the pulley and Judith Vittet was bitten by the mouse with the magnet.
Although it appears to be a Chinese tattoo studio, the tattoo artist and his wife argue in Vietnamese.
Opening film at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.

Director Trademark 

Jean-Pierre Jeunet:  [underwater scene] 
Marc Caro:  [Dark post-apocalyptic atmosphere] 


The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

In the DVD commentary, Ron Perlman said out of everything he'd done in his acting career, the scene where his character attacks Miette under the influence of the Octopus sisters was what he hated most.

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