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The City of Lost Children Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

This visually inventive French sci-fi/fantasy tale began winning a cult following practically from the moment it was released. Krank (Daniel Emilfork) is a foul, monstrous creature who lords over the inhabitants of a small island; Krank's emotional being is every bit as ugly as his physical personage, largely because he does not have the ability to dream. However, he has developed a machine that can drain the dreams of others from their heads, and he devotes himself to kidnapping children from a nearby harbor town so that he can steal their pleasant dreams. Denree (Joseph Lucien) is one of the children who has been spirited off to the island; Krank discovers that he's an even bigger problem than he imagined when his big brother One (Ron Perlman), a harpoon-wielding mountain of a man, sets out on a rescue mission. Once he arrives on Krank's island, One encounters a brain in a fish tank that has learned to talk, a group of clones who can't decide who is the original, a pair of Siamese twins, an octopus that guides a group of orphaned thieves, and a girl named Miette (Judith Vittet) who says she can guide One to Denree. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:December 15, 1995

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
French Academy of Cinema Jean Rabasse Best Production Design 1995 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Jean-Pierre Jeunet Best Foreign Film 1995 Nominee

Cast

Ron Perlman
as One
Daniel Emilfork
as Krank
Dominique Pinon
as Diver
Dominique Pinon
as Clones
Jean-Claude Dreyfus
as Marcello the Flea-Tamer
Genevieve Brunet
as Octopus
Jean-Louis Trintignant
as Irvin
Serge Merlin
as Cyclops' Leader
Rufus
as Peeler
Ticky Holgado
as Ex-acrobat
Marc Caro
as Brother Ange-Joseph
Mapi Galan
as Lune
Briac Barthelemy
as Bottle
Joseph Lucien
as Denree
Ham-Chau Luong
as Tattoo Artist
Hong-Mai Thomas
as Tattoo Artist's Wife
Cris Huerta
as Father Christmas
Lorella Cravotta
as Woman at her Window
Nane Germon
as Miette, age 82
Serge Merlin
as Cyclops' Leader
Nane Germon
as Miette, age 82
Marc Caro
as Brother Ange-Joseph
Hong-Mai Thomas
as Tattoo Artist's Wife
Briac Barthelemy
as Bottle
Rufus
as Peeler
Lorella Cravotta
as Woman at her Window
Mapi Galan
as Lune
Ham-Chau Luong
as Tattoo Artist
Cris Huerta
as Father Christmas
Jean-Louis Trintignant
as Irvin
Ticky Holgado
as Ex-acrobat
Joseph Lucien
as Denree

Crew

Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Director
Marc Caro
Director
Claudie Ossard
Producer
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Screenwriter
Gilles Adrien
Screenwriter
Marc Caro
Screenwriter
Guillaume Laurant
Screenwriter
Darius Khondji
Cinematographer
Pierre Excoffier
Musical Direction/Supervision
Vincent Arnardi
Musical Direction/Supervision
Angelo Badalamenti
Songwriter
Angelo Badalamenti
Composer (Music Score)
Thierry Lebon
Musical Direction/Supervision
Herve Schneid
Editor
Jean Rabasse
Production Designer
Marc Caro
Art Director
Elias Querejeta
Co-producer
Aline Bonetto
Set Designer
Jean-Paul Gaultier
Costume Designer
Pitof
Digital Effects
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