The City of Lost Children
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro Run Time: 112 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1995 Language: French, German, Spanish with English Subtitles / English
Starring: Ron Perlman, Judith Vittet, Daniel Emilfork, Dominique Pinon
In a not-so-distant surrealist future, a demented scientist unable to dream steals the dreams of young children so that he may stave off aging and subsequent death. In order to procure these dreams Krank employs a bio-mechanical kidnapping cult that grabs young children and houses them on a remote ocean rig (hence The City of Lost Children). But when carnival strongman and former Russian sailor named One (Ron Perlman) seeks to find his kidnapped brother, along with the help of a little orphan girl, he fights brings the whole operation down. Made by the same creators of Delicatessen and Amelie, The City of Lost Children invokes an entirely different world; one with a talking brain housed in a tank, clones, conjoined twins, and a circus performer with trained fleas.