CQ (2002)

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

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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 replacing Andrzej with an American horrormeister named Felix DeMarco (Jason Schwartzman), the film's editor and second-unit director, the job is finally handed to Paul (Jeremy Davies). Paul is pleased with the offer, but more devoted to his 16 mm filming of his diary of daily life. He eventually begins to fall for the leading lady (Angela Lindvall), but must retrieve footage of the feature stolen by Andrezej and try to keep the troubled production together. CQ features Billy Zane, Massimo Ghini, and Dean Stockwell in supporting roles.
Rating:
R (for some nudity and language)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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In Theaters:
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Cast

Jeremy Davies
as Paul Ballard
Angela Lindvall
as Valentine/Dragonfly
Massimo Ghini
as Fabrizio
Giancarlo Giannini
as Enzo di Martini
John Phillip Law
as The Chairman
Jason Schwartzman
as Felix de Marco
Dean Stockwell
as Dr. Ballard
Billy Zane
as Mr. E
Sofia Coppola
as Enzo's Mistress
L.M. Kit Carson
as Fantasy Critic
Bernard Verley
as Trailer Vocieover Actor
Chris Bearne
as Fantasy Critic
Jean-Paul Scarpitta
as Fantasy Critic
Nicolas Saada
as Fantasy Critic
Remi Forquin
as Fantasy Critic
Jean-Claude Schlim
as Fantasy Critic
Sascha Ley
as Fantasy Critic
Jacques Deglas
as Fantasy Critic
Gilles Soeder
as Fantasy Critic
Julian Nest
as Festival Critic
Greta Seacat Kaufman
as Festival Critic
Barbara Sarafian
as Festival Critic
Les Woodhall
as Board Member
Jean-Baptiste Kemer
as Board Member
Franck Sasonoff
as Angry Man at Riot
Eric Connor
as Long-Haired Actor at Party
Diana Gartner
as Cute Model
Shawn Mortensen
as Revolutionary Guard
Matthieu Tonetti
as Revolutionary Guard
Anna Maes
as Vampire Actress
Giantare Parulyte
as Vampire Actress
Caroline Lies
as Vampire Actress
Stoyanka Tanya Gospodinova
as Vampire Actress
Magali Dahan
as Vampire Actress
Natalie Broker
as Vampire Actress
Wanda Perdelwitz
as Vampire Actress
Mark Ashworth
as Lead Ghoul
Pieter Riemens
as Assistant Director
Frederica Citarella
as Talkative Girl
Andrea Cormaci
as Soldier Boy
Corinne Terenzi
as Teen Lover
Emidio La Vella
as Italian Actor
Massimo Schina
as Friendly Guy at Party
Caroline Colombini
as Girl in Miniskirt
Ross Pianeta
as Woman in Flat
Christophe Crompin
as Jealous Boyfriend
Romain Duris
as Hippie Filmmaker
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Critic Reviews for CQ

All Critics (75) | Top Critics (24)

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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

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October 18, 2008
Detroit News
Top Critic

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

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

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Full Review… | July 12, 2002
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

It's not much of anything, apart from eye candy.

Full Review… | June 14, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn
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?

Robert C
Robert C

Super Reviewer

½

Would be interesting if anything actually happened.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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