The City of Lost Children
THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN (LA CITÉ DES ENFANTS PERDUS) (15)
D: Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro
Lumiere/Canal Plus (Claudie Ossard)
France 🇫🇷 1995
W: Gilles Adrian, Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro
DP: Darius Khondji
Ed: Hervé Schneid
Mus: Angelo Badalamenti
Ron Perlman (One), Daniel Emilfork (Krank), Judith Vittet (Miette), Jean-Claude Dreyfus (Marcello)
A subterranean fantasy about a mad scientist who is unable to have dreams, so he kidnaps children to tap into their imaginations and steal theirs.
Perhaps it's because I watched a dubbed version, but I simply couldn't connect with this film and enjoy it as much as director Jean-Pierre Jeunet's other work (aside from the awful Alien: Resurrection), yet I still have to credit it for being imaginatively directed with fantastic production design and it has many other values such as great cinematography and visual effects.
Perhaps I need to re-review this after watching the original French-language version.