A French Fantasy Feast For The Eyes! From Amelie's Director
May 28, 2009
Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Delicatessen, Alien Resurrection & Amelie) and his 1992 directing sidekick from Delicatessen, Marc Caro brings the dark, dank, rat-infested "City Of Lost Children" to life! All with the likes of one side-show travelling troupe strong-man, Mr. One played excellently by Beauty & The Beast's Ron Perlman, evil, pilfering, child corruptors and Fagin-like Siamese sisters joined by a third leg affectionately referred to as "The Octopus", and a manmade man who lacks the ability to dream called Krank who kidnaps the toddlers and small children of the fictional city to hook them up to weird and wild machines, all to steal their dreams and make them his own.
Mix these colorful characters in with a band of homeless, criminal children a la Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist style, pet fleas that inject drugs, a talking brain in a tank named Uncle Irvin, a midget named Mademoiselle Bismuth and her six cloned sons, and finally a group of blind people called Cyclops who eat children and you have a marvelous mixture of fantasy, horror, sci-fi, comedy, action & adventure all rolled into one strangely odd film.
The visual effects are stunning and the costumes by Jean Paul Gauthier are breathtaking. The young, Judith Vittet turns in an especially wonderful performance as Ron Perlman's sidekick and heroine of the story, Miette! Incidentally, Ron Perlman was the only American in the cast and spoke all of his french lines expertly!
This film is subtitled in English or you may choose to listen to the English dubbed version on the menu of available audio tracks.
I highly recommend this film! I have never seen anything like it before!
**** out of **** The critics need to back off on this one. Real filmmakers do not make their art to please those who went to school so that they could write about movies and say what they must (or must not, since nobody is forcing them but their employers). Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro's second feature, "The City of Lost Children", is a futuristic steampunk fantasy of wild imagination and ambition that crams so many ideas into one movie that it's understandable how it … more
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