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Directed by: Luc Besson

Produced: 2010

Countries & Regions: France

DVD Details

Certificate: 12

Length: 106 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 15 August 2011

Cat No: OPTD1850

Languages(s): French
Subtitles: English
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The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec

Cast: Mathieu Amalric , Philippe Nahon , Moussa Maaskri , Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre , Jean-Paul Rouve , Gilles Lellouche , Louise Bourgoin , Nicolas Giraud , Gilles Lellouch , Jacky Nercessian , Youssef Hajdi , Gerard Chaillou , Pascal Loison

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Luc Besson writes and directs this comic fantasy adventure adapted from Jacques Tardi’s graphic novels of the 1970s. Set in the early... Read More




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Luc Besson writes and directs this comic fantasy adventure adapted from Jacques Tardi’s graphic novels of the 1970s. Set in the early 20th century, the film tells the colourful tale of popular novelist and adventuress Adele Blanc-Sec (Louise Bourgoin), who deals in her own inimitable style with would-be suitors, the police, monsters and various other diversions as she attempts to save a mad scientist who has brought a pterodactyl to life so that he can re-animate an Egyptian mummy and use its ancient magic to revive Adele’s sister, who has been in a coma for four years following a bizarre tennis accident.

Luc Besson’s adaptation of Jacques Tardi’s comics is a surprising and delightful piece of whimsy, best approached as a tongue in cheek Tomb Raider as dreamed by a Delicatessen-era Jean Pierre Jeunet.

Louise Bourgoin is the titular heroine, a beautiful, no-nonsense sort who we first glimpse making her way Indiana Jones-like through the narrow confines of an Egyptian pyramid in the company of a rabble of villains keen to make off with any booty they espy. Meanwhile, back in Paris, Adele’s aged colleague, Professor Espérandieu is busy rousing a long-dead pterodactyl using strange metaphysical powers he has developed over his long life. By the time Adele returns to Paris, however, the pterodactyl has caused all sorts of mayhem, Espérandieu is locked up and Adele’s plans to rouse her sister using the combined resuscitative powers of Espérandieu and a mummy she has managed to hijack are seemingly all up in smoke. Therein ensues a witty cartoon of a movie that will have you smiling one moment and sitting on the edge of your seat the next. If you’re looking forward to Spielberg’s adaptation of Herge’s Tintin later this summer, you could do a lot worse than whet your appetite with this wonderful confection.

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