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La Cité des enfants perdus (1995)

Just how, pray tell me, just how did I happen to NOT hear about this movie at all up to today.


It is a masterpiece of visual storytelling, as I now know, made in 1995 by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (who'll make Amélie six years later) and Marc Caro. It is endearingly dystopian and no less endearingly French.

I watched it quite by accident two hours ago and still can't believe just what I saw. We were at our local video rental store earlier today, at a loss about what to get, and it was after about half an hour of ineffectual browsing that I spotted the cover of The City of Lost Children. On the way home, I kept whining that I don't know anything about the movie and while both the name and the cover evoke images of proper eeriness it could still be a bad one and I hate the aftertaste of bad movies and we should carry lists of films we want to see with us at all times just in case we go into a rental store and so on.

Shouldn't have worried. That movie's got impeccable style, it does; it is also absolutely utterly irreversibly out to lunch. The characters. Their expressions. Their faces. That dog, tied to the basket. The Octopus sisters and the seagulls and the flea and Uncle Irvin and the way surprises continue right up till the end and also just how well the child actors act.

This, I think, could be my cinematographic discovery of the year.



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Oct. 3rd, 2010 08:15 am (UTC)
gotta watch! thank you!
Oct. 3rd, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
Oct. 3rd, 2010 09:50 am (UTC)
and all it took was some gut feeling -)
Oct. 3rd, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
ain't it nice when gut feelings work!
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