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Actor: Judith Vittet

The City of Lost Children

The City of Lost Children

When the old and decrepit (if not entirely demonic) scientists Krank loses his capacity for dreaming, he attempts to fight death – by stealing the dreams of children. Krank’s cadre of cloned henchmen snatch 5-year-old Denree to subject him to the horrific dream-retrieval process. The boy‘s father, One, the hulking strongman of a traveling circus, and his precocious 9-year-old friend, Miette, join forces to defeat Krank’s minions and save Denree. With Ron Perlman, Dominique Pinon, Daniel Emilfork, Joseph Lucien.

“French directors Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro build on the demented irreverence of their debut Delicatessen with this visually audacious sci-fi fantasy about a mad (in every sense of the word) scientist who, unable to dream himself, kidnaps nearby orphans and attempts to rob them of their REM cycles. Rubber-faced clones, talking brains and a distinct green mist all add fractured fairy-tale elements, while Ron Perlman (who, according to Jeunet, fired his agent for not showing him the script) brings the pathos as the film’s in-house gentle giant.” (Rolling Stone)

“One of the most fantastic (in the literal sense) films to have emerged from Europe in the past 50 years; a masterpiece of dark invention.” (Film4)

Thursday, July 19
Doors 8:45 pm | Movie 9:15 pm
Tickets $12 advance HERE | $14 at the door

Why not make it a Jean-Pierre Jeunet night and see both AMELIE at 6:30 pm and THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN at 9:15 pm for un bon prix?

Advance double bill tickets $14 HERE  | $16 at the door

*Minors permitted in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK for any single film only. Please redeem at the door.

THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN “La cité des enfants perdus” (Mark Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 1995 / 112 mins / 14A / French with English subs) A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process.