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CQ (2001)

Cast: Jeremy Davies, Élodie Bouchez, Gérard Depardieu, more...
Director: Roman Coppola
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Comedies, Costume Drama/Period Piece
Running Time: 88 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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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. ~ Jason Clark, All Movie Guide

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GreenCine Member Reviews

magnifique by Popnfresh May 11, 2005 - 1:01 PM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Let me offer a defense and minor rebuttal to the last review. The movie itself is not pretentious...the main character may be considered "pretentious." Jeremy Davies plays Paul, a young, self-absorbed film editor who inherits a troubled film and obsesses over its star. If you're from l.a., you probably know at least a dozen guys like this. Paul is a 20 something wannabe filmmaker...quiet, introspective, the wheels are always churning...and yes, he is a bit pretentious. However, the characters in the film check him several times. Consider when Elodie Bouchez's Marlene asks him what he wishes for and Paul replies "I wish cats could talk" (repeating an Angela Lindvahl line). Marlene immediately responds "bullshit, who said that? that actress?" Or, when an audience member approaches him about a film of his, but the question concerns another director.

The pacing of the movie itself is fine. Most scenes are meant to drive the plot, even if the piece that fits into place is a minor one. It's a very pretty film...the cinematography is quite good, and the sets are wonderful. The acting is excellent...Angela Lindvahl does not have much to do, this is true, but she is more of a device than a character. Giancarlo Giannini is wonderful, of course, Jason Schwartzman, Dean Stockwell, and Billy Zane are each very funny. This is a movie with an eye for detail, and alot of the pleasures of it are in the characters' mannerisms and interaction. Alot of these qualities remind me of the qualities of a Wes Anderson film.

This is a film that doesn't look to draw a lesson, or to grow its characters in a way that is necessarily satisfying to the audience...but in that way it rings true. Is Paul supposed to draw the conclusion that his live-in girlfriend is thoughtful and loyal to him, and that Angela Lindvahl is simply an object of desire? Does it matter? The movie isn't trying to convince you to appreciate his decisions. Do we have to like the character's decisions to like the movie? Maybe, but the movie can be appreciated for its other qualities.

If you want to see a truly boring performance by Jeremy Davies in a truly boring film, rent Solaris. This is not Solaris.

Oh, and Mellow produces a wonderful, french pop inspired soundtrack.

But What Eef Eet Ees Boreeng? by JTony July 22, 2003 - 2:07 PM PDT
9 out of 14 members found this review helpful
This movie could have been cool. It could have been cooler than the 60's sci fi movies it was pulled from.

Unfortunately, as Elodie Bouchez asks in the film, (insert french accent) "But What eef eet ees boreeng?" It truly is.

Jeremy Davies stalks around looking like Quentin Tarrantino on massive doses of valium, saying nothing insiteful, everything pretentious. Algela Lindval is lovely to look at, but even she gets boring because Mr. Roman Coppola gives her absolutely nothing to do but look pretty. Ugh.

In fact, Coppola doesn't give any of the characters anything real to do, and not one of the characters really grows in any real way throughout the film.

If you want to see a film about crazy directors who can't get their acts together, see Irma Vep, or The Stuntman, but avoid this pretentious piece of boredom like the awful student films it'll remind you of.

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