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Adèle Blanc-Sec

Year 2010
Runtime 107 mins
Language French
Subtitles English
Alberta Premiere

Adapted from the adventure comic books of the same name created by French artist Jacques Tardi in the 1970s, THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ADÈLE BLANC-SEC is a wild and anachronistic flight of fancy – a fantasy-inflected science fiction tale that heaps dinosaurs and walking mummies into turn-of-the-century France, all realized with decadent visual flair.
After a telepathic experiment causes a pterosaur egg to hatch its murderous occupant, endangering all of Paris, journalist Adèle Blanc-Sec (Louise Bourgoin) finds herself embroiled in the case while trying to revive her comatose sister using the ancient knowledge of Egypt. Quelle surprise. Where else, after all, can one turn to remedy an injury from a freak tennis accident?
Adèle Blanc-Sec is calm, cool, droll and fashionable, and even predates Indiana Jones and other tomb raiders by more than a decade. Brought to the screen by writer-director Luc Besson (THE FIFTH ELEMENT, LA FEMME NIKITA), THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ADÈLE BLANC-SEC is a film as extravagant and bombastic as its title: adventure made even sharper with magic and style.


Luc Besson
Virginie Silla
Luc Besson
Thierry Arbogast
Julien Rey
Production Design
Hugues Tissandier
Eric Serra
Louise Bourgoin
Mathieu Amalric
Gilles Lellouche