Les Aventures Extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec!

21 Apr

Sometimes it’s amusing to learn how people discover your blog.  Take “Top Searches,” for example.  In the past week I think the weirdest one that’s led here is undoubtedly “nyxnissa lesbian.”

Hm… I don’t think I ever discussed lesbians before.  (Though, I have mentioned Nyxnissa.)

Ah, well, that’s not what I really wanted to talk about today.  I’ve got a quick movie review for you, dear audience!  Finally got around to watching this strange piece of work.  It’s quirky, it’s fun, it’s whimsical…

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you:

Les Aventures Extraordinaires d’Adèle BlancSec! (Or, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec!)

As you can see, it is a French film.  That may be enough information for you, lol, but if not read on!

About the Film

The Extraordinary Adventures was originally released about a year ago in France.  But it’s so wonderful and unusual (and likely little heard of here in the states) that I just have to share it with you!

The movie is based off a comic series, actually, of the same name.  You can actually preview the first volume of the comic and even purchase it on Amazon, if you so desire.  As for the movie, it is viewable in French or English and/or with subtitles.  Though, I recommend it be viewed in French with the English subtitles, if you don’t already understand French.

The Story

The story takes place in Paris, France of 1912.  There is an elderly man, up to something decidedly occult in his apartment, with a nagging question on his mind: Is there life after death?  Next thing you know that pterodactyl egg over in the museum has come to life and Paris is suddenly in uproar!

Meanwhile, the lovely and daring Adèle Blanc-Sec, played by Louise Bourgoin, is finishing up a book-signing (she is a journalist and writer, you see) so that she might hurry on over to Egypt to consult a certain dead pharaoh’s doctor on the matter of her terribly, tragically ill sister.  Through a series of ridiculous events, Adèle manages to pluck her sought-after mummy from its tomb, evade the local authorities and emerge unscathed and victorious with her prize.  She then packages said mummy for transportation along with her other luggage back to Paris, where she may consult the elderly man–who just so happens to be a scientist with a knack for bringing things to life–from aforementioned apartment and bring her catatonic sister back to vibrant life.

The rest is complete absurdity and mayhem of the utmost degree!

I should mention that one of the most enjoyable aspects of the movie is not just the outlandish adventure but Adèle herself.  She is incredibly feisty, sardonic and entirely capable of accomplishing whatever it is she sets out to do, thank you very much.  Here is a still of our leading lady:

…and when she’s not being a lady, shamelessly charming men to do her bidding–the true Adèle:

(Yes, as brief as it may be, there is some nudity.)

Overall, the film is very much absurd and implausible–which makes it all the more endearing!  It is what it is, and I’d give it five stars for being so much fun.

For more information and an interactive experience sure to please, you can check out the film’s official website (you can view it in English) and discover the Paris of 1912!

About the Director/Writer/Producer

Luc Besson was the guy behind several successful films, but perhaps he is best known for his work in The Fifth Element.  He’s also known for Leon: The Professional, Taken, and The Transporter series.  But The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec is quite different.  Still, it maintains that sense of wild adventure you’d expect from Besson.

…And that’s a wrap, folks!

It’s lunchtime then back to work for me.

Oh, I almost forgot the trailer (an English version):

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8 Responses to “Les Aventures Extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec!”

  1. Stephen A. Watkins April 21, 2011 at 12:51 PM #

    And now you are doomed to get a flood of “nyxnissa lesbian” search results for all of time. You poor thing, you didn’t even know what hit you. 😉

    This film looks straight right-up my ally. I have previously mostly enjoyed only one Luc Besson film – this one in English – so I’m curious to see what he does in his native tongue. Too bad I no longer really speak French (not that I ever spoke it well enough to follow along with movie dialog).

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    • Tiyana April 21, 2011 at 1:19 PM #

      Yeah, I don’t speak a lick of French, but it’s similar enough to Spanish that I can pick out things every now and then. Though, when I was watching it in English it just messed up the whole mood of the film for me… I guess I just like listening to French people talk, lol.

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  2. E.J. Apostrophe April 21, 2011 at 2:47 PM #

    The actress looks like Natalie Portman. Hmmm. This seems like a strange film with so much quirkiness…dare I say this may even be similar to the eccentric films of the Japanese.

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    • Tiyana April 21, 2011 at 3:21 PM #

      Yeah, you could say that. A different kind of eccentric, I think, but eccentric nevertheless.

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  3. T. S. Bazelli April 21, 2011 at 4:40 PM #

    That looks like a lot of fun! And I have watched all the other Luc Besson films you mentioned (surprised at that). Thanks for the recommendation!

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    • Tiyana April 21, 2011 at 5:30 PM #

      😀

      You know what’s funny, I had no idea I liked any of his movies until I’d heard of this one; I didn’t know his name before! Haha.

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  4. Jay Noel April 25, 2011 at 5:02 PM #

    Love the quirky stuff. Tried to watch the video, but it’s not playing!

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    • Tiyana April 25, 2011 at 6:56 PM #

      How lame is that! I’ll have to find another one, heh. Thanks for the heads-up, and glad you enjoyed the rest. 🙂

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