The City of Lost Children (French: La cité des enfants perdus) is a 1995 French-German-Spanish science fantasy drama film directed by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet and starring Ron Perlman, who does not speak French, and repeated his lines phonetically as given to him by Caro. From an ocean rig, a demented scientist, Krank (Daniel Emilfork), kidnaps children from the nearby, unnamed port city to steal their dreams, as he is incapable of having dreams of his own. Among them is the adopted little brother, Denree (Joseph Lucien), of carnival strongman and former whaler One (Ron Perlman), who sets out to rescue him with the help of a little girl named Miette (Judith Vittet), a member of a thieves' guild composed entirely of orphaned children. They delve into the world of a bio-mechanical kidnapping cult and discover the connection between the scientist and the missing Denree. Krank is both aided and hindered by his "family" - Martha (Mireille Mossé), a woman with dwarfism; "uncle" Irvin (the voice of Jean-Louis Trintignant), a talkative brain in a tank; and six narcoleptic, identical clones, his "brothers" (all played by Dominique Pinon). All of them were created by a bioengineering genius, who is conspicuously absent; Martha to be his wife, Irvin for intellectual company, the clones to be his brothers (and manual labour), and Krank to be his masterpiece.