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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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Judith Vittet ...
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Geneviève Brunet ...
Odile Mallet ...
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Joseph Lucien ...
Mapi Galán ...
Briac Barthélémy ...
Pierre-Quentin Faesch ...
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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

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Rated R for disturbing and grotesque images of violence and menace | See all certifications »

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15 December 1995 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,513,028 (USA)
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Trivia

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. 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

Clone: C'est moi l'original! C'est moi!
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Referenced in The Lost Empire (2001) See more »

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La Clé De La Victoire
by Angelo Badalamenti
(p) © 1995 Polygram Records. Inc.
Manufactured and marketed by Polygram Classics & Jazz
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A dark beautiful fairy tale
19 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As in Amelie and Delicatessen, Jeunet is interested in the complex connections between things, even as small as a flea. The film is not so much about a story as it is about illustrating how the characters got where they are, often with a fast- paced sequence of events like a Rube Goldberg device. Open up your eyes and mind to the world that is created here, leave behind expectations of how it should function or how the plot should advance. You will be richly rewarded. The sets and costumes are gorgeous, true enough, but the true beauty lies in the characters and their lives; the children that are too grown up, the hero who is more a child than they are, the imperfect creations of science, and the improbable leftovers of a circus freak show.


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