It’s a grey, cold and raining Saturday which makes it perfect for watching a film cosyed up on my sofa with a cat, blanket and roaring open fire.
I decided it was a good time for a re-watch of a firm favourite, but potentially not very well known film:
‘The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec‘
It’s one of my favourites for many reasons. It has a very steampunk theme-though not entirely deliberately i believe, it has a strong female main character, beautiful costuming and set design and is by a brilliant director Luc Besson.
The easiest/simplest comparison for this film is Indiana Jones , though this is set in Edwardian times and the hero(ine) is a woman -the amazing Adèle Blanc-Sec.
Blanc-Sec (played by Louise Bourgoin) is a fearless, feisty, intelligent adventuress/ reporter with a superb wardrobe (and just happens to be gorgeous) . She gets herself in and out of scrapes with superb ease.
The director Luc Besson is probably best known for the marvelous ‘Amelie’ aka ‘Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain’ and this film certainly has a similar feel of the wondrous and comical. It is very bright, stylish and very French indeed.
The story begins when a scientist performs an experiment that sets of a chaotic chain reaction of events in Edwardian Paris, meanwhile Blanc-Sec is off on a mission in Egypt trying to find a particular mummy to bring back to Paris to help save the life of her twin sister who is comatose after a freak tennis related accident.
The film is based on the comic books of the same name though this is an amalgamation of two stories. It is funny, fantastical, sweet, romantic and very beautiful full of eccentric characters in bizarre scenarios.
If you like costume drama, a bit of steampunk, adventure and beautiful sets then I would highly recommend it.