CQ (2002)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: CQ is a stylish and fun homage to campy 1960s flicks.


Movie Info

The feature debut of Roman Coppola (son of Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola) centers around an international film crew making a low-budget, Barbarella-like feature in Paris in 1969. The film is called Dragonfly and is being directed by Andrzej (Gérard Depardieu), who wishes to make a revolutionary work rather than the tacky fluff it is becoming. He is soon fired by the film's Italian producer Enzo (Giancarlo Giannini) when he can't produce a satisfactory climactic scene. After briefly … More

Rating: R (for some nudity and language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Roman Coppola
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 10, 2002
Box Office: $0.3M
Runtime:
United Artists Pictures/MGM - Official Site

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as Valentine/Dragonfly

as Fabrizio

as Enzo di Martini

as The Chairman

as Felix de Marco

as Dr. Ballard

as Mr. E

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as Cute Model

as Revolutionary Guard

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as Soldier Boy

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as Italian Actor

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as Girl in Miniskirt

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Critic Reviews for CQ

All Critics (80) | Top Critics (26)

A film that is visually compelling and highly entertaining in an in-jokey sort of way.

Full Review… | July 20, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Coppola's observational and satirical skills are impressive.

Full Review… | July 12, 2002
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

Coppola and his production team have taken meticulous care to faithfully copy the costumes, production designs, peek-a-boo sexiness and budget-crunched special effects of their source material.

Full Review… | July 19, 2014
The Moving Picture Show

Coppola gives CQ a sense of style and humor that makes the navel-gazing bearable.

Full Review… | February 2, 2013
LarsenOnFilm

There's nothing much to the film besides its pretty-coolness. Fundamentally it goes nowhere and says nothing.

Full Review… | July 30, 2007
eFilmCritic.com

Funny to me, but maybe not for everyone. Hell, I don't care, you're either in the category of the type of person who will like this or you're not. The choice is yours, but anyone pre-disposed to like this type of film will be happy they took the trip.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for CQ

½

"What is Real? What is Art? What is...the End?"

A young filmmaker in 1960s Paris juggles directing a cheesy sci-fi debacle, directing his own personal art film, coping with his crumbling relationship with his girlfriend, and a new-found infatuation with the sci-fi film's starlet.

REVIEW
Filmmaker Roman Coppola proves to be a chip off the old block (his dad is Francis Ford, duh!) with this sweetly dark comic valentine to foreign films of France and Italy focusing on a struggling film editor/auteur wannabe (Davies in all his squirmy, milquetoasty glory) assigned to a disastrous sci-fi B flick where he winds up being a replacement director and falls deeply in love with his gorgeous starlet (Lindvall, the epitome of sex echoing the leonine good looks of Catherine Deneuve at her start) in the process. Coppola has a keen technical sense incorporating set and production design, costumes, camerawork, editing and low-key acting to make a picture perfect ode to the hurly-burly world of filmmaking then and now. If there is a criticism it is that it is a bit slight in its theme (filmmaker's navel gazing fails to see the big picture: love is all around) yet there's a nice homage to Coppola's relationship with his famous father in the interplay between Davies and his onscreen father Stockwell, an absent-minded businessman, echoing nicely. The title is a play on Seek You = CQ.

LorenzoVonMatterhorn
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

½

A visually stunnig (2002) film that takes place in Italy in 1969, whose plot revolves around the making of a Sci-Fi film meant to take place in the far-off and distant future of the year 2000.

It is also a look at the inner workings of the film industry and the struggle of one editor turned director, to create a career making film while not allowing his obsession with that films star (Dragonfly) ruin his relationship with his (Real Life) girlfriend who also happens to be the star of HIS own side project which is based on his personal life.

While the story is a bit convoluted at times...there is enough here (especially visually) to keep fans of film interested (especially fans of Sci-Fi and/or Italian cinema).

And (call me crazy) but I would REALLY like to see the finished Sci-Fi film: "Codename Dragonfly" (think Barbarella meets Austin Powers) in it's entirety. Perhaps as an 'extra' on the DVD?

RCCLBC
Robert C

Super Reviewer

½

Would be interesting if anything actually happened.

kenstachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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