The City of Lost Children

The City of Lost Children

By Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet

  • Genre: Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Release Date: 1995-12-15
  • Advisory Rating: R
  • Runtime: 1h 52min
  • Director: Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Production Company: Victoires Productions
  • iTunes Price: USD 12.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
From 551 Ratings


One of the most unique and visually stunning films in years, "The City of Lost Children" concerns a malevolent scientist who attempts to unlock the mystery of dreaming. To this end, he kidnaps young children and studies them as they sleep. From Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the director of Amelie and Alien: Resurrection.




  • A Real “Killer” B Movie (one of 237!)

    By D. Scott Apel
    This review is an excerpt from my book “Killer B’s: The 237 Best Movies On Video You’ve (Probably) Never Seen,” which is available as an ebook on iBooks. If you enjoy this review, there are 236 more like it in the book (plus a whole lot more). Check it out! THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN: Presented for your approval: A long-lost script collaboration between Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson, directed by Terry Gilliam. No, it’s not true, but it’s a close description of this arrestingly grotesque fantasy. The surreal seaside city is a cold Victorian horror of girders, trusses, rivets and bolts, crisscrossed with canals full of garish green water and populated with funhouse freaks, cyborg Cyclopses, Siamese sisters, clownish clones, trained fleas, hideous midgets, even a disembodied brain in a fish tank. We enter actual nightmare territory with this insanely original imagery—a singularly sinister vision in the tradition of “Brazil” and Jeunet & Caro’s previous film, “Delicatessen.” And as in the latter, even when integrating incredible effects into the film, Jeunet & Caro refuse to let style dominate substance: the entire tender tale revolves around the poignant relationship between gentle giant One (Perlman) and the disenchanted Miette, each protecting—and oddly completing—the other. Add Pinon’s inspired lunacy and Badalamenti’s circus-style score, and it’s an eye-popping fable that can only be called unique.
  • Amazing Movie

    By Jone1
    Simply Perfect
  • Art, pure and simple. Art.

    By St Jack
    The refreshing thing about movies made by Caro and Jeunet is that they attempt and succeed to transcend language, time and place. Once you've sat in their theater - they own you. I remember when this movie came out, I was stunned. It was too big to take in the first time, and the second only made me have to see it again. And again. I loved it. It offered something that had not only been lacking then, but dares to be lacking now, and that is true originality and storytelling in film. The story is sweet and wholesome, and the characters represent the eternal masks from ancient stages, but somehow when they are brought together in this movie, they represent a level of superb that inspires. Movie makers and would be movie makers MUST watch this movie. Be in the right frame of mind to accept that there is something more that you might try with your own craft. Like other workers of the craft who are more concerned with the art - (the brothers Quay leap to mind) - you will NOT be disappointed. I loe this movie. It's truly one of my faves.
  • For all the movie lovers

    By Zanoe
    Captivating. An adventure of the imagination. If you are a movie fanatic, this is a must see.
  • Love this film

    By DigitalDreamer
    Love this film the onl;y thing is that it says its in english but Im hearing french. Anyone know how to switch it ? Tried everything / Oh well Cest La Vi
  • Money well spent

    By Money well spent
    visually entertaining. Story is ok, but not captivating.
  • Movie

    By GreenGoKiller94
    Creepy Good!
  • The City of Lost Children

    By CptCK
    Bad plot, harder to follow with english subtitles. Its not obvious when you rent that it's in another language. SO awful I watced about 10 min then shut it down. WHat a waste of money,
  • This is NOT in English

    By Heldagandrel
    I love this movie but ITunes needs to be honest to which version you are buying. It says "primary language is English" it isnt. It's French.
  • the city of lost children

    By Bo Brymer
    the French version