The City of Lost Children


1h 52m 1995

Brief Synopsis

Just off the coast of a dank, teeming harbor town, a horrible scientist named Krank lives on a mist-shrouded rig. He is aging prematurely because he lacks one vital function: the ability to dream. Krank's henchmen, a community of Cyclops, kidnap children from town and bring them to Krank so that he

Film Details

Also Known As
City of Lost Children, cité des enfants perdus
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1995
Production Company
Buf, Inc.; Centre National Du Cinema; Duboi; Eurimages; France 3 Cinéma; Le Studio Canal Plus; Lumiere Productions; Procirep; SOFICA Cofimage; StudioCanal; Tele Muenchen Group
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics; Afmd; Concorde Filmverleih Gmbh; Entertainment Film Distributors, Ltd.; Monopole Pathe Films Ag; Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Turner Entertainment Company; Union Generale
Location
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 52m

Synopsis

Just off the coast of a dank, teeming harbor town, a horrible scientist named Krank lives on a mist-shrouded rig. He is aging prematurely because he lacks one vital function: the ability to dream. Krank's henchmen, a community of Cyclops, kidnap children from town and bring them to Krank so that he can harvest their dreams, invade them, and make them his own. He's assisted in the laboratory by the pint-sized Miss Bismuth; a disembodied brain known as Irvin; and six identical Clones. When Denree, a voracious toddler, is kidnapped by Krank's henchmen, he's pursued by One, a circus strongman who has adopted Denree as his little brother. Along the way, One is captured by Miette, a 9-year-old femme fatale and the leader of a gang of orphans who've developed a criminally ingenious strategy for survival. Together they embark on a harrowing adventure, finally confronting the evil Krank to do battle on the level field of the subconscious: within the world of a little boy's dream.

Cast

Ron Perlman

One

Daniel Emilfork

Krank

Judith Vittet

Miette

Dominique Pinon

The Clones; The Diver

Jean-claude Dreyfus

Marcello--The Flea Tamer

Genevieve Brunet

The Octopus

Odile Mallet

The Octopus

Mireille Mosse

Miss Bismuth

Joseph Lucien

Denree

Serge Merlin

Cyclops Leader

Francois Hadji-lazaro

The Killer (Cyclops)

Ticky Holgado

The Ex-Acrobat

Dominique Bettenfeld

Bogdan

Lotfi Yahyajedidi

Melchior

Thierry Gibault

Brutus

Marc Caro

Brother Ange-Joseph

Mapi Galan

Lune

Briac Barthelemy

Bottle

Alexis Pivot

Tadpole

Leo Rubion

Jeannot

Pierre Quentin-faesch

Piop

Frankie Pain

The Barmaid

Guillaume Billod-morel

The First Child

Ham-chau Luong

The Tattoo Artist

Hong-mai Thomas

The Tattoo Artist'S Wife

Daniel Adric

A Cyclops

Enrique Villanueva

The Spainard

Chris Huerta

Father Christmas

Lorella Cravotta

Woman At Her Window

Rene Marquant

Captain

Dominique Chevallier

Tied-Up Guard

Rene Pivot

Glazier

Michel Smolianoff

Awake Tramp

Christophe Salengro

Soldier

Eric Houzelot

Soldier

Angelique Philibert

Stripper

Marie Piemontese

Stripper

Antoinette Dias

Stripper

Zak Russomanno

Stripper

Djamila Bouda

Stripper

Lauren Geoffroy

Stripper

Lili Cognard

Winner

Raphaele Bouchard

Miettte--Age 15

Babeth Etienne

Miette--Age 37

Rachel Boulenger

Miette--Age 43

Nane Germon

Miette--Age 82

Buster Verbraeken

Krank--Age 4

Jeremie Freund

Krank--Age 12

Joris Geneste

Krank--Age 36

Michel Motu

Krank--Age 45

Eglantine Blanckaert

Schoolchild

Gaetan Bouyala

Schoolchild

Mickael Bussinger

Schoolchild

Jonathan Gatinois

Schoolchild

Joshka Kaufmann

Schoolchild

Morgan Mariac

Schoolchild

Caroline Marsily

Schoolchild

Geoffroy Morange

Schoolchild

Sebastien Thaissart

Schoolchild

Charlotte Bienfait

Baby

Camille Dufeu

Baby

Robinson Fouille

Baby

Alysia Hoffeurt

Baby

Sandy Kontargyris

Baby

Andrew Laupen

Baby

Theo Madueno

Baby

Arthur Mazet

Baby

Fackry M'saidie

Baby

Gabriel Pierre

Baby

Berangere Pivot

Baby

Charlotte Ribaud-chevrey

Baby

Laura Robert

Baby

Caroline Rochand

Baby

Carolane Yvan

Baby

Jean-louis Trintignant

Voice Of Irvin

Crew

Gilles Adrien

Screenplay (Dialogue)

Marc Amyot

Clone Double

Vincent Arnardi

Sound Mixer

Cyril Aubin

Stand-In

Cyril Aubin

Clone Double

Ailo August

Assistant Editor

Ailo Auguste-judith

Assistant Editor

Angelo Badalamenti

Original Score

Angelo Badalamenti

Song (Music) "Who Will Take Your Dreams Away)

Philippe Beautier

Clone Double

Franck Benezech

Assistant Art Director

Pierre-jacques Benichou

Casting

Aude Boedec

Production Coordinator

Aline Bonetto

Set Decorator

Jean-baptist Bonetto

Special Effects

Pierre Buffin

Other

Eric Caro

Still Photographer

Marc Caro

Screenwriter

Jean Jacques Damiani

Location Manager

Yves Domenjoud

Special Effects

Pierre Excoffier

Sound

Marianne Faithfull

Song Performer ("Who Will Take Your Dreams Away")

Marianne Faithfull

Song (Lyrics)

Jean-paul Gaultier

Costumes

Olivier Gleyze

Special Effects

Gerard Hardy

Sound

Jean-pierre Jeunet

Additional Dialogue

Jean-pierre Jeunet

Screenwriter

Bruno Journee

Clone Double

Darius Khondji

Director Of Photography

Jean-philippe Labadie

Clone Double

Guillaume Laurant

Screenplay

Guillaume Laurant

Additional Dialogue

Thierry Lebon

Sound Mixer

Philippe Lesourd

1st Assistant Cameraman

Arlette Mas

Other

John Nollet

Hair

Claudie Ossard

Producer

Edith Pommerol

Locations Assistant

Elias Querejeta

Co-Producer (Spain)

Jean Rabasse

Set Design

Gilles Saulnier

Locations Assistant

Bertrand Seitz

Assistant Art Director

Herve Shneid

Editor

Jean-christophe Spadaccini

Special Effects

Daniel Szuster

Line Producer

Nathalie Tissier

Makeup

Jean-marc Tostivint

1st Assistant Director

Bruno Vignier

Location Manager

Aruna Villiers

Script/Continuity

Laurent Zeilig

Assistant Sound Engineer

Film Details

Also Known As
City of Lost Children, cité des enfants perdus
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1995
Production Company
Buf, Inc.; Centre National Du Cinema; Duboi; Eurimages; France 3 Cinéma; Le Studio Canal Plus; Lumiere Productions; Procirep; SOFICA Cofimage; StudioCanal; Tele Muenchen Group
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics; Afmd; Concorde Filmverleih Gmbh; Entertainment Film Distributors, Ltd.; Monopole Pathe Films Ag; Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Turner Entertainment Company; Union Generale
Location
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 52m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 1996 Golden Reel award for foreign film sound editing from the Motion Picture Sound Editors.

Expanded Release in United States February 2, 1996

Expanded Release in United States January 12, 1996

Expanded Release in United States January 19, 1996

Expanded Release in United States January 26, 1996

Expanded Release in United States January 5, 1996

Released in United States December 22, 1995

Released in United States October 1995

Released in United States on Video July 23, 1996

Released in United States on Video June 23, 1996

Released in United States Winter December 15, 1995

Re-released in United States March 22, 1997

Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival October 18-22, 1995.

Began shooting April 18, 1994.

Completed shooting Early September 1994.

aspect ratio 1:1.85

Expanded Release in United States January 5, 1996

Expanded Release in United States January 12, 1996

Expanded Release in United States January 19, 1996

Expanded Release in United States January 26, 1996

Expanded Release in United States February 2, 1996

Re-released in United States March 22, 1997 (Laemmle's Sunset 5; Los Angeles)

Released in United States on Video June 23, 1996

Released in United States on Video July 23, 1996

Released in United States October 1995 (Shown at Hamptons International Film Festival October 18-22, 1995.)

Released in United States Winter December 15, 1995 (NY)

Released in United States December 22, 1995 (Los Angeles)