Film Reviews, Short Review

La Cité des Enfants Perdus [The City of Lost Children] (1995)

3/4

Surpassing even Terry Gilliam’s wildest flights of imagination, The City of Lost Children is quite comfortably one of the most visually detailed and unique cinematic worlds I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. Unfortunately, what the film has going for it visually it lacks narratively, with a plot that seems content to jump from one A to B to C without ever really justifying why, with little depth in its characterisation to ensure that we care. Some broad but entertaining performances (particularly from Ron Perlman and Dominique Pinon) help the film from being entirely dull in this regard. Directors Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro would go their separate ways after this film, which is a shame as their combined visual imagination always ensured something unique.

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