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:

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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!

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

F) The scariest Santa Claus EVAR.

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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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