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The City of Lost Children
Where happily ever after is just a dream.
Directed By: Marc Caro
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Released: May 17, 1995
Runtime: 112 minutes
Country: France
United Kingdom
Language: French

The City of Lost Children (French: La Cité des enfants perdus) is a 1995 steampunk film.


Krank, who cannot dream, kidnaps young children to steal their dreams. One, a former whale hunter who is as strong as a horse, sets forth to search for Denree, his little brother who was kidnapped by Krank's men. Helped by young Miette, he soon arrives in La Cite des Enfants Perdus (The City of Lost Children).[1]

Steampunk Influences

The film contains a heavy steampunk atmosphere. Technological devices seem worn out and have rusted, suggesting that technological advancement has halted. The ocular implants are seemingly futuristic, but their art-deco styling and analog output are clearly anachronistic. Krank’s dream stealing machine and just about everything else in the lab of his floating fortress, are fitted with suction cups, vacuum tubes and pneumatic bladders.[2]