One, a dim-witted circus entertainer and former fisherman teams up with Miette, an abandoned orphan thief after One's adopted brother goes missing.
Their search takes them all over the streets, and occasionally under them as they discover that there is more to the Cyclops than meets the eye.
His story is aided well by the contrast in the leading characters; Ron Perlman is perfectly cast as the affectionate giant and Judith Viette is equally brilliant as the young orphaned girl who wants to be wanted. As stirring cast of evil villains, from the renegade clone Krank and his slightly less villainous creator to the conjoined twins who take up Oliver Twist's 'Fagin' role as leaders of the thieving orphans.
Despite plenty of dirty, sniggering moments, The City of Lost Children is - at heart - an innocent adventure which is dastardly difficult to understand. As the pieces of the story start to fall into place, you will undoubtedly appreciate the director's joint vision.