The City Of Lost Children - English Subtitles details
|Starring:||Ron Perlman, Daniel Emilfork, Judith Vittet, Dominique Pinon, Jean-Claude Dreyfus|
|Directors:||Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro|
The City Of Lost Children - English Subtitles
|Run time:||1 hour 48 minutes|
|Rental release:||21 Jan 2006|
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Jeunet et Caro on form yet againBy Narmour (30 reviews) from Knocknagoney , 08 Oct 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]Being a big fan of Delicatessen, I was doubtful that Jeunet et Caro could recreate it's atmosphere and still maintain a level of originality. My doubts were quickly silenced in the opening scenes of this movie. It opens on a child's dreamscape of Santa visiting on Xmas eve. It quickly becomes nightmarish which sets the tone for the rest of the film. The characters are imaginatively created from the evil siamese twins to the quadruplet clones, and excellently cast. Even Ron Perlman plays a convincing role as the circus strongman.
The story builds around the interaction between Perlman and Judith Vittet, a street orphan who helps him find his kidnapped little brother. Their relationship grows steadily stronger throughout the film in a very heartwarming way, which balances the bizarreness of everything else really well. The result is a visually stunning piece of work, very strange but absolutely captivating. I would watch this again and again.
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Stunning, imaginative.........and disturbingBy xenrin (16 reviews) from Liverpool , 21 Aug 2009A strange and imaginative fable. Dark, visually stunning and more than a little disturbing.
Judith Vittel is captivating as the child who teams up with One, Ron Perlman, as they attempt to find who or what is responsible for the capture and kidnap of children.
Some of the strangest characters you will encounter in any film and some of the most bizarre and outrageous situations are woven into a compex visual tapestry.
If you like your films light and fluffy, this is not for you. Otherwise, watch and enjoy as you attempt to unravel its compexities.
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Disturbing!By a customer from London , 04 Jul 2009An odd film but well worth a watch, you'll enjoy it if you like Delicatessen.
Not my kind of fantasyBy SuzannePolish (44 reviews) from South West , 13 Jun 2009I didn't much like this film, but I did only manage to get less than halfway through. It crystallised for me, what is a problem. And it is this: that the fantasy genre allows directors to take liberties with narrative that they would perhaps not dare to take in other genres.
You will deduce from this, that I found TCOLC confusing; the characters became somewhat blurred, there were some rather peculiar edits near the start; and overall, I found it a difficult film. I am sure there are conventions of the genre that this film follows closely, hence the good press it has received elsewhere. Perhaps I should have watched it in the English dub, rather than the original French. Perhaps some liberties were taken in translation that weren't in the original, hence making it much easier to follow in the English language dub? Qui sait? Tout cela m'est vraiment egal.
Refreshingly InterestingBy a customer from Newcastle , 10 May 2009Jean-Pierre Jeunet's early work rates amongst my favourite films. In both this and Delicatessen he creates another world with his sepia colour palette and unusual characters.
It is a must for anyone who is exploring European Cinema, which should be everyone! Just remember to switch off the awful dubbing - it really isn't that difficult to read subtitles!
I advice everyone to experience this film.
Inventive and playfulBy HybridNation (2 reviews) from Machynlleth , 11 Mar 2009Don't be put off by the opening, this is a playful, comic masterpiece. Since France invented surrealism, this is a brilliant example of the genre. My favourite of all the set pieces, was the one involving a flea, whose bites set in motion a chain of events resulting in ... well, that would be telling. Stylised, stylish and in the same ballpark as, say MirrorMask.