Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The City of Lost Children

The City of Lost Children is full with quirky and eccentric characters. A mad doctor, a geniuses brain in a fish tank, a circus strong man, a troop of wayward children, a sect of blindmen, 7 clones, little-people, a junky with his flies that go around with micro-sized hyperdermics, and a set of indentical twin witches.

I am not sure there is a plot, but the film is a madcap romp through the lens of the camera. The film is a videographer playground with so many rich shots that exude color and texture. The vidographers approuch reminds me of my days shooting with a lomo camera..

“- Krank: Irvin, you know all about feelings. Won't you try to help me? Won't you explain why all those children only have nightmares?

- L'oncle Irvin: Because you are their nightmare. You could persecute all the children in the world, but there's one thing you'll never have.

- Krank: What?

- L'oncle Irvin: A soul.”.

Screenshots and quotes are from The City of Lost Children.


  1. Brilliant film . . . and there's another one, can't remember what it's called but very similar set-up, same director etc, something to do with meat . . . 'Brazil' with a French twist!


  2. That would be Delicatessen, another very audacious film.

  3. That's it! Well . . . I'm also a fan of 'The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, Her Lover' less fantastical, but equally 'French', and another I have a soft spot for is 'The Hairdresser's Husband' a very slow, quiet, yet charming movie, but with a devastatingly French ending!