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The City of Lost Children (Sous-titres français) [Import]


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  • Actors: Ron Perlman, Daniel Emilfork, Judith Vittet, Dominique Pinon, Jean-Claude Dreyfus
  • Directors: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro
  • Writers: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro, Gilles Adrien, Guillaume Laurant
  • Producers: Arlette Mas, Claudie Ossard
  • Format: Color, Black & White, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
  • Release Date: Oct. 19 1999
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000K3TS


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "villabob" on Aug. 12 2003
Format: DVD
If you like traditional Bad Boys II kinds of movies, with simple to follow, slam-bam action, you probably won't dig City of Lost Children. However, if you have an appreciation for unique cinematic style and stories that stray from the norm (and I really mean stray), this is probably going to float your boat.
The story is as follows, (I swear I'm not giving anything away either)...a circus strongman and an orphan girl team up to rescue a young boy who's been kidnapped by this futuristic religious cult called the Cyclops. They've intentionally blinded themselves and attached cyborg-like eye cameras so that they may "see God" better.
The Cyclops regularly kidnap children and take them to an evil madman whose accomplices include a 3 foot tall woman, 4 cloned dimwitted servants and a talking brain. (You heard me right.) The evil madman tries to tap into these children's dreams so that he may try and gain a soul.
Ok, if you're still reading this, clearly your intrigued. It's hard to describe the look and feel of this movie. It's got a little of everything, sci-fi, fantasy, drama, and comedy. It's dark and light at the same time. Sci-fi action enthusiasts should know that this really doesn't have a lot of action, so don't expect gunplay and martial arts, it's just not that type of movie.
The real reason to see this movie is for the cinematic style and visuals. Word to the wise, the only similarity between this and Amelie are these two reasons. Amelie is a much lighter feeling movie overall, so there are bound to be a few people who loved Amelie, but do not like City of Lost Children and perhaps vice versa. (And you will notice some of the same actors in both movies as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Jameson on Feb. 29 2004
Format: DVD
Ok look past the part that it is in subtitles. Now that your past the subtitles look past that it's french. If you can look past those two things you have a [heck] of a fantastic movie on your hands. The movie is creepy but tells a story unlike anyother. For people who enjoy fantasty with a twisted since of humor than I say give this movie a try . This is what I call a unique movie there will be some like it but in my mind no movie will ever be better than this movie.
Drew Jameson
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brett D. Cullum on July 26 2003
Format: DVD
THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN is a fantastic film from visionary directors Caro and Jeunet. Later Jeunet would helm ALIEN RESURRECTION, and they created the fantastic DELICATESSEN. But here is one of their most beloved creations in all its glory! The story centers around a mythical town where small children are being kidnapped by a gang of strange cyclops men with electronic eyes. They are taken to an evil scientist named Krank who is trying to mine their dreams so he can have emotions that make him happy. A small orphan and a circus strongman team up to find the children, and one overly hungry one in particular. Along the way their adventures are painted in big splashy set pieces populated with oddball characters that loom larger than life. The DVD gives you incredible choices! See it in widescreen, dubbed or French, or listen to the revealing commentary with American star Ron Perlman and Jeunet. Fans of BRAZIL and DARK CITY will be delighted. And David Lynch fans may recognize the moody score from Angelo Badalementi. Fashionistas can revel in the incredible costumes from Gaultier!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Esn024 on July 20 2004
Format: VHS Tape
I'll have to say that this movie is one of the scariest and saddest movies that I've ever seen, although it is very unique and even enjoyable at times because of the insane amounts of creativity that is present in every single scene.
One of the main problems that I had with this movie were precisely because of the creativity; the story moves quickly, and because so much of it is so new, I was often confused about many things. I would even suggest reading a partial plot summary of it before you've seen it, so you have some idea of what's going on, because otherwise it can be a confusing experience.
Of course, I'm sure that if I watched the movie again I would understand much more of it in hindsight. However, I'm not sure that I would want to watch this movie again. Despite being extremely well directed and filmed, it sits heavy on the soul, and I'm pretty sure that certain scenes from it will find a way to get into my dreams and turn them into nightmares (just like a recurrent theme in the movie). It doesn't really have what one would call a happy ending, either.
Another note; the version that I saw was dubbed in English, and while most of the voice acting was fairly good, I didn't think that Myet's English voice really fit her character.
Well, those are my thoughts. Whatever you do, don't show this film to your kids before bedtime. ;)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emily Bronte on June 13 2004
Format: VHS Tape
This was one of the most bizarre and well done movies I've ever seen. It took me about three times watching it to understand the plot completely, but it was well worth it. The children in the movie are fabulos, and the visuals are really amazing. If you have not already seen this movie, I would highly recommend it.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 18 2006
Format: DVD
I had been dancing around this French film (with subtitles) for several months, unsure how I would react to it, but I finally took the plunge and booked my passage to The City of Lost Children (La Cité des enfants perdus). Now I could sit here and ooh and aah all over the place about how beautiful and original this film is, but I have to give it to you straight: the story is almost completely illogical. This is one of your "most of what I learned about the film came from reading the plot summary" kind of movie. It's fascinating in its dark, fantastical way, of course, but I would really have liked to have a plot I could follow. The setting is unworldly – it's like they put Tim Burton, a couple of anime directors, Charles Dickens, and scores of German expressionists in a locked room and forced them to collaborate on the design of this world. Fortunately, the film does have one saving grace – young Judith Vittet. Not only does she turn in a masterful performance, she's the only buoy of sanity I could find in this ocean of craziness.

Basically, the film is about this strange man who steals children, hooks them up to machines, and steals their dreams because he is incapable of dreaming himself. His entourage consists of a number of annoying clones and a small army of humanoids who look like they're in the early stages of assimilation by the Borg. I don't understand why they depend on technology to see and hear, but I suspect it's just an excuse for the director to give us night-vision type shots every so often when they're out on the hunt for new little dreamers. At the same time, you also have a pair of Fagin-like Siamese twins running a racket of child thieves all over town.
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