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20,035 Ratings

Children of Men

Directed by Alfonso Cuarón
United States, United Kingdom, 2006
Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller


Adapted from the P. D. James novel, Children of Men is set in a dystopian Britain. Women have become infertile and the youngest person in the world has just died at the age of 18. A former activist is given the task to protect a young, seemingly pregnant woman to ensure the future of humanity.

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Children of Men Directed by Alfonso Cuarón

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2006 | 2 wins including: Outstanding Technical Contribution

Academy Awards

2007 | 3 nominations including: Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2006 | Winner: Best Cinematography

2006 | 2 nominations including: Best Film

BAFTA Awards

2007 | 2 wins including: Best Cinematography

2007 | Nominee: Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects

With this quest, “Children of Men” becomes a dark and bloody magical adventure, played out in cozy woodland hide-outs and hellish concentration camps populated by the human equivalents of hobbits, wizards and orcs. Shot by the distinguished Mexican cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, the movie has several jaw-dropping long takes (or apparent long takes) that don’t stop the action with their choreographed virtuosity but only enhance its acceleration.
March 14, 2018
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Rarely is a movie at once upsetting and invigorating, yet Alfonso Cuarón’s CHILDREN OF MEN manages to embrace that paradox for pretty much its entire running time… All told, it’s of the supreme achievements of studio filmmaking in the first decade of the 21st century.
September 23, 2016
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In a future world where society itself seems to have forgotten how to see, Cuarón provides the audience with a restless camera, a set of eyes that provides no explicit judgments on the world at large, but that only persistently investigates the fragments, the dead, the poor, and the lost stories that seem impossible to fit within the space of the larger narrative.
July 11, 2014
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