I needed a movie to watch while folding laundry. While I have Mouchette and L’Avventura from Netflix, they both demand attention since a) they’ve got subtitles I’ll have to read and b) I haven’t seen either one of them before.

Instead, I decided to break into my DVD collection and watch City of Lost Children (La Cité des Enfants Perdus) since I haven’t seen that in a good long time. I’m 12 minutes into it and remembering all the reasons I love this friggin’ weird-ass movie.

A) A talking brain in an aquarium – it tells bedtime stories!

B) Adorable French children running around wearing striped sweaters and clothing designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier:



C) Ron Perlman playing a strong man, speaking pidgin French and referring to himself in the third person.

D) Dominique Pinon doing his usual weird-looking guy thing, but as multiple versions of himself – and singing!

E) The lack of light. What can I say? I love the doom and gloom.

F) The scariest Santa Claus EVAR.


All of these things, plus the story is good (weird), the use of color and sound is awesome, and the non-traditional casting decisions and unusual characters make it even more interesting to watch. It’s been a while. I’ll have something more concrete to say when I finish watching. I’m only 12 minutes into it right now, after all.

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