Rife with gorgeous imagery and weird characters, City of Lost Children is the sort of movie that rewards repeated viewings. French directors Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet created an eerie, crepuscular city where children are being stolen in the ever-present night. A coven of blind men with one mechanical eye apiece roams the streets — are these people responsible? What about the Octopus, a pair of malevolent, conjoined sisters who runs a school for child thieves? Do they know something? The strongman One (Ron Perlman) must brave these dangers when his little brother goes missing, and he has only the courageous young girl Miette (Judith Vittet) to aid him. A meditation on the power of dreams, as well as a tale of bravery and friendship, City of Lost Children is a darkly humorous fairy tale for adults. The cult classic screens at 8 p.m. at the Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood; 314-968-7487 or www.schlafly.com) as part of the Strange Brew film series. Tickets are $4.
Wed., Dec. 3, 2008