The City of Lost Children
Today’s film recommendation is a slightly obscure French piece of cinema from 1995, The City of Lost Childen, or, La Cité des Enfants Perdus.
The film is directed by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who are also responsible for Delicatessen (1991) and Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain (2001). It stars Ron Perlman as One, a strongman who gets caught up in the strange disappearance of several children in an equally strange city. Miette, a young girl, beautifully portrayed by Judith Vittet, is conducting her own investigation into the mystery, and One assists her in her search.
The film is stylish, beautifully shot, weird and spectacular. The set design is marvellous and so is the cinematography. The story, which I will not reveal as it’s more fun going into this one “untainted”, is fantastic and strange. And the cast is filled with wonderfully weird characters and actors, who all help make this film a strange dream-like experience.
Oh, and did I mention that the costumes were designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier? Oh yeah, it’s that good! Enjoy the film, it’s a unique experience, one which you should not be without.