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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 overview, first billed only:
... One
... Krank
Judith Vittet ... Miette
... Le scaphandrier / Les clones
... Marcello
Geneviève Brunet ... La Pieuvre (as Genevieve Brunet)
Odile Mallet ... La Pieuvre
Mireille Mossé ... Mademoiselle Bismuth
Serge Merlin ... Gabriel Marie (Cyclops Leader)
... Peeler
... Ex-Acrobat
Joseph Lucien ... Denree
Mapi Galán ... Lune (as Mapi Galan)
Briac Barthélémy ... Bottle (as Briac Barthelemy)
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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children | dream | aging | girl | rescue | See All (97) »

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Some people follow their dreams. Others steal them. 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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Trivia

During filming, Ron Perlman was bitten by the dog with the pulley and Judith Vittet was bitten by the mouse with the magnet. See more »

Goofs

One female character is heard to say "sure" even though her mouth doesn't move. See more »

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L'oncle Irvin: [Following through with his suggestion that a solution might be found found in an analysis of Krank's "tears"] Once upon a time there was an inventor so gifted that he could create life. A truly remarkable man.
Krank: [Sarcastically] A fairy tale! Tears are welling in my eyes.
L'oncle Irvin: Since he had no wife or children he decided to create them in his laboratory. He started with wife and fas into the most beautiful princess in the world. Alas, a wicked genetic fairy cast a spell on the inventor so much so that ...
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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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