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      The City of Lost Children

      R Released Dec 15, 1995 1h 51m Fantasy List
      80% Tomatometer 60 Reviews 90% Audience Score 50,000+ Ratings Old and decrepit Krank (Daniel Emilfork) has lost his capacity for dreaming and is attempting to fight death by stealing the dreams of children. Krank's cadre of cloned henchmen (Dominique Pinon) snatch 5-year-old Denree (Joseph Lucien) to subject him to the horrific dream-retrieval process. The boy's father, One (Ron Perlman), the hulking strongman of a traveling circus, and his precocious 9-year-old friend, Miette (Judith Vittet), join forces to defeat Krank's minions and save Denree. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Not all of its many intriguing ideas are developed, but The City of Lost Children is an engrossing, disturbing, profoundly memorable experience.

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      Michael Sragow New Yorker Jeunet and Caro have distinctive signatures like nobody else's. Nov 20, 2013 Full Review Jeff Shannon Seattle Times On visual terms alone, The City of Lost Children is something of a masterpiece, using state-of-the-art physical, optical and digital special effects to stretch cinematic boundaries. Rated: 3/4 Nov 20, 2013 Full Review Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer Essentially, The City of Lost Children is a macabre fairy tale, and while its tentacled comic-book plot and freak-show cast narrow its appeal -- this isn't a work of any allegorical depth -- Caro and Jeunet have pulled off a cinematic delight. Rated: 3.5/4 Nov 20, 2013 Full Review Rich Cross Starburst An extraordinary and twisted fairytale... Rated: 5/5 May 19, 2023 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Best described as a hybrid of Terry Gilliam and the Coens, with dashes of Jules Verne, Charles Dickens, and Rube Goldberg added to the mix. Rated: 3.5/4 Dec 5, 2022 Full Review Nick Rogers Midwest Film Journal A marvel manufactured with handmade, painstaking craft rather than manufactured wonder. A champion for continued imagination that demonstrates the comparative power of parable over preachy sermon. An unsullied vision of gothic heft & pictographic purity. Rated: 5/5 Oct 7, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Terry D I streamed "The City of Lost Children" on Tubi recently, and even if I normally do not watch many subtitled films, I found this French film to be unlike anything I've ever seen or experienced before. I highly recommend this movie, it's one of those movies that you will never forget watching, and the images will stay in your head for a very long time. A beautiful, beautiful, movie that I rate 10 out of 10. I encourage you to read all of the reviews. here and on IMDB.com. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/01/24 Full Review Benjamin S This movie is like one of those strange dream that lingers with you all day after waking up. It is a crazy theatre piece with zanny characters, a mystery plot and an uncanny atmosphere which create a dream-like style à la David Lynch. So, it is indeed not for everybody. But if you like the strangeness, dream-likeness of certain movies, go for it ! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/01/24 Full Review Courtney K Ron Perlman pops up in the STRANGEST places sometimes! what a random filmography he has. anyway; this movie was wild - what an opening scene; loved it. it's an interesting concept - Ron feels a little out of place for me, but overall i quite enjoyed it. dreams fascinate me & this weird, surreal, steampunk take on the subject was, maybe a little over the top, but cool. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 05/21/23 Full Review Leaburn O This film is good 👍🏼 Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/27/23 Full Review william k Exuberantly imaginative fantasy (more horror than just a surreal fairy tale) is mesmerizing throughout due to its fascinating settings and visuals, some of them disturbing, too; the plot itself is a bit perplexing in its twists. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Ed F Brilliant filmmaking! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/07/22 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Old and decrepit Krank (Daniel Emilfork) has lost his capacity for dreaming and is attempting to fight death by stealing the dreams of children. Krank's cadre of cloned henchmen (Dominique Pinon) snatch 5-year-old Denree (Joseph Lucien) to subject him to the horrific dream-retrieval process. The boy's father, One (Ron Perlman), the hulking strongman of a traveling circus, and his precocious 9-year-old friend, Miette (Judith Vittet), join forces to defeat Krank's minions and save Denree.
      Director
      Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
      Producer
      Félicie Dutertre
      Screenwriter
      Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro, Gilles Adrien, Guillaume Laurant
      Distributor
      Sony Pictures Classics
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Fantasy
      Original Language
      French (France)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 15, 1995, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 28, 2015
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $1.9M
      Runtime
      1h 51m
      Sound Mix
      Surround
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