The City of Lost Children
With a mad scientist kidnapping children to steal their dreams, only brave young Miette (Judith Vittet) and a kindhearted circus strongman (Ron Perlman) can save them. Part fantasy, part nightmare, this production used more special effects than any other French film to date. Featuring stunning visuals from directors Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, the sci-fi fairy tale was nominated for a Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival.
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- This movie is
- 1996 Independent Spirit Awards®
- Best Foreign Film nominee
RDisturbing and grotesque images of violence and menace
Widescreen 1.85:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1Subtitles
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this surreal French film about bad dreams is full of nightmare-inducing imagery include menacing cyborg-like men who have replaced their eyes with old camera lenses, creepy faces distorted by wide-angle lenses and CGI rapid aging, and an opening invasion by nasty Santa Clauses. Children are menaced, with kidnapping, violence, betrayal, and with death -- drowning and strangulation. There is brief showgirl nudity in a nightclub scene and scene of coy sexy talk. Violence includes bloody faces, an impaling, near-shootings and fatal explosions (still, mayhem is minor for an R-rated movie). Characters smoke and drink. Most versions of the film require reading of subtitles (and "bitch" comes up in translated dialogue). A childlke grown man and a precocious little girl are a "romantic" lead couple -- but there's no sexual contact between them.
- Sexual Content
- A distant view of topless showgirls as a panicked nightclub empties. A woman in a low-cut gown tried to seduce a drunken man.
- One villain is bloodily impaled with a speargun. Characters turn homicidal and kill with their bare hands, and the little-girl heroine is shockingly beaten and nearly strangled. Flashback to a mad-science lab fight, with bloody faces and smashed test tubes. One character threatened with a shotgun. Explosions and fires non-explicitly kill people.
- "Bitch" in the subtitles.
- Social Behavior
- Surreal take on the Frankenstein theme, of artificial creatures turning on their creator in a commentary on humanity. The importance of human connection -- worth even major risks and sacrifices.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- The strongman One drinks himself insensible in a bar. He and other characters smoke cigarettes.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it