The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec

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The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec

Luc Besson (2010)

12A Certificate


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There's certainly a hint of Hollywood blockbuster about Luc Besson's adaptation of Jacques Tardi's famed French comic strip about a female adventurer. But as with The Fifth Element before it, a strong injection of Gallic eccentricity ensures plenty of deviation from the usual formula. The action begins in Paris, 1912, with a pterodactyl hatching from its egg in a museum and going on to menace the city, prompting another challenge for Adèle Blanc-Sec. Louise Bourgoin's indefatigable heroine blends Indiana Jones's guile with a certain head-girl hauteur, while an Egyptian theme calls to mind The Mummy (although with variable digital effects). Much of the knockabout comedy and verbal wit is perhaps lost in translation, but the sheer whimsicality of the storytelling, enchanting Paris locations and deliciously ornate design work add to the appeal. Former Bond villain Mathieu Amalric gets a rather generous second billing for his brief showing as the heroine's nefarious rival, which is somehow typical of a film that's never quite as witty or thrilling as you'd hope, yet marches defiantly to its own beat.


A globetrotting French writer travels to Egypt in 1911, hoping to find and restore to life the mummified remains of a pharaoh's doctor and get his help reviving her comatose sister. On her return home, she has also has to contend with a pterodactyl causing mayhem on the streets of Paris. Fantasy adventure, starring Louise Bourgoin and Mathieu Amalric. In French.

Cast & Crew

Adèle Blanc-Sec Louise Bourgoin
Professor Dieuleveult Mathieu Amalric
Inspector Caponi Gilles Lellouche
Justin de Saint-Hubert Jean-Paul Rouve
Professor Marie-Joseph Esperandieu Jacky Nercessian
Professor Menard Philippe Nahon
Andrej Zborowski Nicolas Giraud
Agathe Blanc-Sec Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre
Director Luc Besson
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Language: French +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Optimum ReleasingGuidance: Contains brief nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 22 Apr 2011