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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Perlman ... One
Daniel Emilfork ... Krank
Judith Vittet Judith Vittet ... Miette
Dominique Pinon ... Le scaphandrier / Les clones
Jean-Claude Dreyfus ... Marcello
Geneviève Brunet Geneviève Brunet ... La Pieuvre (as Genevieve Brunet)
Odile Mallet Odile Mallet ... La Pieuvre
Mireille Mossé Mireille Mossé ... Mademoiselle Bismuth
Serge Merlin Serge Merlin ... Gabriel Marie (Cyclops Leader)
Rufus ... Peeler
Ticky Holgado ... Ex-Acrobat
Joseph Lucien Joseph Lucien ... Denree
Mapi Galán Mapi Galán ... Lune (as Mapi Galan)
Briac Barthélémy Briac Barthélémy ... Bottle (as Briac Barthelemy)
Pierre-Quentin Faesch Pierre-Quentin Faesch ... Pipo
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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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Some people follow their dreams. Others steal them. See more »

Genres:

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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Trivia

Jean-Pierre Jeunet: [underwater scene] 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 responsible ...
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Alternate Versions

There are two different audio tracks for the film - one is the original French language version and another is an English language dub. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Générique
(Marcello/ Who Will Take My Dreams Away?)
Vocals, Written by Marianne Faithfull
(p) © 1995 Polygram Records. Inc.
Manufactured and marketed by Polygram Classics & Jazz
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Actually, quite good!
3 September 2006 | by PlecostomusSee 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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Country:

France | Germany | Spain | Belgium | USA

Language:

French | Cantonese

Release Date:

15 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,348, 17 December 1995

Gross USA:

$1,738,611

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,781,465
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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