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Rating: of 10

The City of Lost Children

I have now seen three of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's films and this one was my least favorite thus far. That's not to say that I didn't enjoy the movie, but I just didn't think that it had the magic of Amélie or Delicatessen. The beautiful, and I do mean beautiful, cinematography* and set design was still here, but the pacing of the film was a bit slow at times. I found myself looking at the clock only 30 minutes into the movie. That's not usually a good sign.

The film does follow Delicatessen quite nicely. Both films are about a dystopian world and both have riveting characters. I'm not sure if he was just looking to build off his pervios success or if this was intended to be a sequel of sorts, but the two go together quite well.

There's not much else to say about this film. If you know and like Jeunet's style then there is no reason not to see this movie. It is not cute like Amélie, but there are certainly enough similarities to warrant a viewing. Although, the little boy in the movie is ridiculously cute, so that may appease those looking for cuteness.

*The cinematographer, Darius Khondji, has a very impressive portfolio, by the way.