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La cité des enfants perdus

Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet Germany, 1995

redux's rating of the film The City of Lost Children

Expensive-looking demo reel of '90s CGI, hell-bent to out-pomp Terry Gilliam. The narrative tries to thematize its own lack of soul through an assortment of dark comicbook tropes, with no payoff. Unsavoury hints of paedophilia and signs of child mistreatment during production make it a real stinker.