12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Top quality entertainment.,
This review is from: The City Of Lost Children [VHS]  (VHS Tape)
First off, I have to say I have no idea why this film is rated 15. There is no swearing, no nudity and little actual violence. There are some disturbing undertones but only adults seem to pick up on it, my own children (aged 7 & 10) were delighted & entranced by it.
The film is very dark & gothic but with some suble european humour, the characters are suitably grotesque and the settings are wondrous & dreamlike. It is so far removed from Hollywood churned-out dross that any film you see after this will seem like same-old same-old. You simply never know what will happen next, the concepts & realised ideas are stunning and seem to have used the latest cinematic technology to visualise. Probably the best reason to buy this film is the rewatch value, there is so much going on and what with the subtitles (which are also a delight - must be watched in its French original) subsequent viewings reveal more and more. This is what the cinema is for, to stretch our awareness, to test our imagination & to make you believe that you simply have so much yet to see in the world. Imagination unbounded.