The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec

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.


  1. Ticks so many of your interest boxes it sounds like it was tailor made for you!
    I love her costume and hat there!!
    The premise of the film sounds intriguing and a strong female lead sign me up! 🤗❤️
    Did you identify with Blanc-Sec or more the Steampunk inspired era?

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  2. I saw Adele Blanc-Sec at the cinema with my brother (can’t remember why, as it wasn’t his normal taste) but we loved it (I can see why you might too) and I made my son watch it too, who enjoyed it. It is great roistering fun and Adele is an endearing character. I wish they had made a sequel.

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  3. I’ve never heard of this but it looks fun! I will definitely check it out sometime, thanks for sharing. 🙂
    The character description reminds me a bit of Phryne Fisher in the Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries. That is set in twenties Australia, but also with gorgeous costuming and a free, rebellious woman getting into scrapes. Have you ever seen it?

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