Christmas Countdown 2019, Day 26
The City of Lost Children

December 12, 2019 by Avery Faeth

Oh, you thought Christmas was over? Maybe in "The City of Lost Children" (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 1995), starring Ron Perlman, Judith Vittet, Dominique Pinon, and Daniel Emilfork, where children are being kidnapped by a mad scientist, fearful of his own mortality, who keeps a team of clones, a tiny wife, and a nemesis in a tank isolated on a mechanical island. A circus strongman and a street urchin with a huge appetite have formed an unlikely brotherhood to survive in this surreal nightmare. When an army of blind zealots steals the child for his dreams, his keeper is forced to team up with a young pickpocket in order to free him, and in the process unlock the secret of the island and the mysterious deep sea salvage diver who seems to hold the key to everything. This is one of the most beautiful foreign films in modern cinema, and the fact that it features Santa Claus means we can enjoy it at the holiday season.

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