On a mist-shrouded rig in the sea, beyond an old minefield, Krank ages prematurely because he lacks one vital function: the ability to dream. And so he kidnaps children from the harbour town, to steal their happy dreams from them...

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In a world of perpetual night, children are abducted so their dreams can be harvested. It's left to the local circus strongman and an unusually mature street-kid to rescue their friends...

Like many of Jeunet's movies, The City of Lost Children mixes the grotesque with the beautiful; and contrasts the perverse with the innocent. Adults are childlike, whilst the kids are wise. It's dense with images and ideas about childhood and memory, and it warrants at least two watches.