The City of Lost Children

December 15th, 1995


The City of Lost Children

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A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process.

Release Year: 1995

Rating: 7.7/10 (33,684 voted)

Critic's Score: 73/100

Director: Marc Caro

Stars: Ron Perlman, Daniel Emilfork, Judith Vittet

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Writers: Gilles Adrien, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Ron Perlman - One
Daniel Emilfork - Krank
Judith Vittet - Miette
Dominique Pinon - le scaphandrier / les clones
Jean-Claude Dreyfus - Marcello
Geneviève Brunet - la Pieuvre
Odile Mallet - la Pieuvre
Mireille Mossé - Mademoiselle Bismuth
Serge Merlin - Gabriel Marie (Cyclops Leader)
Rufus - Peeler
Ticky Holgado - Ex-acrobat
Joseph Lucien - Denree
Mapi Galán - Lune
Briac Barthélémy - Bottle
Pierre-Quentin Faesch - Pipo

Taglines: Some people follow their dreams. Others steal them.


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Release Date: 15 December 1995

Filming Locations: Studios 91 Arpajon, Saint-Germain-les-Arpajon, Essonne, France

Box Office Details

Budget: $18,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $1,513,028 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

During filming, Ron Perlman was bitten by the dog with the pulley and Judith Vittet was bitten by the mouse with the magnet.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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.

[after Mlle. Bismuth has been harpooned]
Clone: Does it hurt?
Mlle. Bismuth: Yes, I'm allergic to steel.

User Review

My all time favorite

Rating: 10/10

The City of Lost Children is my all time favorite movie. It is unlike anything I've ever seen or experienced before. It's a movie that I hold dear to my heart and will never forget. I have to be honest though, the first time I saw this movie, I really didn't like it at all. The story was too confusing, and the characters were extremely weird and twisted. After watching it a second and third time, however, I understood what was going on more, and could spend more time looking at the visuals rather than the subtitles. Speaking of visuals, this movie has it in spades. The environment that Jean-Pierre Jeunet created is out of this world. The city is very dark and the water looks as if there are secrets hidden within. The mood the soundtrack sets is perfect for the scenery and the superb acting by everybody (including the kids) just adds to the greatness of this flick. 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. 10/10


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