Cover image for The city of lost children La cité des enfants perdus
The city of lost children La cité des enfants perdus
Ossard, Claudie.
Special ed.
Publication Information:
Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Classics, [2007]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (116 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
This fantastically twisted fairy tale is chock-full of curious characters and special effects. A sad and heartbroken madman, Krank, is aging prematurely because he can't dream. He kidnaps little children, hoping that eventually he will find a way to steal their sleeping thoughts. The story takes the form of a quest, as a sentimental harpooner-turned-fairground strongman, One, sets out to find his young brother on a dilapidated oil rig. He soon falls in love with the gutsy nine-year-old girl (who is head of the orphan gang), and together they run a gauntlet of fantastical dangers as they join hearts and hands to save a small boy's dreams from the madman's master plan.
General Note:
English title from container.

Originally made as a motion picture in 1995 in France with the participation of German and Spanish production companies.

Special features: Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Ron Perlman commentary ; Costume design gallery by Jean-Paul Gaultier ; Production sketch gallery ; Talent files ; Theatrical trailer.
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: R, for disturbing and grotesque images of violence and menace.
Added Uniform Title:
Cité des enfants perdus (Motion picture)
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DVD 61929 Adult DVD Media Room-Foreign Language Video

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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