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CQ -- A documentary filmmaker tries to finish a science-fiction movie after two other directors get the boot, and has difficulties when reality and the world of the film begin to merge.


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Writer (WGA):
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeremy Davies ... Paul

Angela Lindvall ... Dragonfly / Valentine

Élodie Bouchez ... Marlene

Gérard Depardieu ... Andrezej

Giancarlo Giannini ... Enzo
Massimo Ghini ... Fabrizio

Jason Schwartzman ... Felix DeMarco

Billy Zane ... Mr. E

John Phillip Law ... Chairman

Silvio Muccino ... Pippo

Dean Stockwell ... Dr. Ballard

Natalia Vodianova ... Brigit
Bernard Verley ... Trailer Voiceover Actor

L.M. Kit Carson ... Fantasy Critic

Chris Bearne ... Fantasy Critic
Jean-Paul Scarpitta ... Fantasy Critic
Nicolas Saada ... Fantasy Critic
Remi Fourquin ... Fantasy Critic
Jean-Claude Schlim ... Fantasy Critic
Sascha Ley ... Fantasy Critic
Jacques Deglas ... Fantasy Critic
Gilles Soeder ... Fantasy Critic

Julian Nest ... Festival Critic
Greta Seacat ... Festival Critic (as Greta Seacat Kaufman)

Barbara Sarafian ... Festival Critic
Leslie Woodhall ... Board Member (as Les Woodhall)
Jean-Baptiste Kremer ... Board Member
Franck Sasonoff ... Angry Man at Riots

Jean-François Wolff ... Party Man
Eric Connor ... Long Haired Actor at Party
Diana Gartner ... Cute Model at Party
Stéphanie Gesnel ... Actress at Party
Frédéric de Brabant ... Steward
Shawn Mortensen ... Revolutionary Guard
Mathieu Tonetti ... Revolutionary Guard
Ann Maes ... Vampire Actress
Gintare Parulyte ... Vampire Actress
Caroline Lies ... Vampire Actress
Stoyanka Tanya Gospodinova ... Vampire Actress
Magali Dahan ... Vampire Actress
Nathalie Brocker ... Vampire Actress
Wanda Perdelwitz ... Vampire Actress
Mark Thompson-Ashworth ... Lead Ghoul (as Mark Ashworth)
Pieter Riemens ... Assistant Director
Federica Citarella ... Talkative Girl (as Frederica Citarella)
Andrea Cormaci ... Soldier Boy
Corinne Terenzi ... Teen Lover

Sofia Coppola ... Enzo's Mistress
Emidio La Vella ... Italian Actor
Massimo Schina ... Friendly Guy at Party
Caroline Colombini ... Girl in Miniskirt
Rosa Pianeta ... Woman in Fiat
Christophe Chrompin ... Jealous Boyfriend

Romain Duris ... Hippie Filmmaker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Anthony ... 2nd Assistant Director (uncredited)
Dean Tavoularis ... Man at Screening (uncredited)

Directed by
Roman Coppola 
Writing credits
Roman Coppola (written by)

Produced by
Bob Bellion .... co-producer
Willi Bär .... executive producer
Francis Ford Coppola .... executive producer
Jimmy de Brabant .... co-producer
Georgia Kacandes .... executive producer
Gary Marcus .... producer
Michael Polaire .... co-producer
Jean-Claude Schlim .... line producer
Original Music by
Ed Goldfarb (Composer)
Cinematography by
Robert D. Yeoman 
Film Editing by
Leslie Jones 
Casting by
Blythe Cappello 
Beatrice Kruger  (as Béatrice Kruger)
Juliette Ménager 
Production Design by
Dean Tavoularis 
Art Direction by
Luc Chalon 
Oshin Yeghiazariantz 
Set Decoration by
Philippe Turlure 
Costume Design by
Judy Shrewsbury 
Makeup Department
Jacques Clemente .... makeup designer
Aurélie Elich .... makeup artist
Catherine Leblanc .... key hair stylist
Vivian Nowak .... assistant hair stylist (as Vivian Nowack)
Jean-Christophe Roger .... assistant makeup artist
Joël Seiller .... assistant hair stylist
Julia Silva .... additional hair artist
Evelyne Sittig .... makeup artist
Carla Vicenzino .... hair stylist: Italy
Production Management
Julie Alford .... production supervisor: Rome
Romano Caldarozzi .... production manager: Rome
Laurent Dumas .... unit manager
Nancy Kirhoffer .... post-production supervisor
Jean-Claude Schlim .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Emilie Cherpitel .... third assistant director
Laurent Herbiet .... first assistant director
Christopher Neil .... second unit director
Beatrice Pettovich .... second assistant director
Francesca Polic Greco .... second assistant director: Rome
Iris Wong .... second assistant director
Art Department
Fabrice Bourderioux .... swing gang
Nicolas de Maere .... construction manager
François Dickes .... assistant property master
Betty Durst .... assistant property master
Jacky Hardouin .... construction coordinator
Jeffrey Paul Johnson .... property master
Edouard Pallardy .... head painter
Barbara Prati .... art department trainee
Arnaud Putman .... props buyer
Christina Schaffer .... assistant art director
Josh Sheppard .... storyboard artist
Patrick Tombette .... construction manager
Bernard Warnas .... set dresser
Sound Department
Richard Beggs .... sound designer
Richard Beggs .... sound re-recording mixer
Leslie Bloome .... foley artist (as Les Bloome)
Dirk Bombey .... boom operator
David A. Cohen .... adr supervisor
Ethan Derner .... sound recordist
Steven Ghouti .... adr mixer
Michael Kirchberger .... supervising sound editor
Philippe Kohn .... sound utility
James Levine .... mix facility coordinator
Jeremy Molod .... first assistant sound editor
Everett Moore .... apprentice sound editor
Nick Peck .... foley supervisor
Jory K. Prum .... foley assistant
Gene Radzik .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Julia Shirar .... assistant sound editor
Kent Sparling .... re-recording mixer
Peter Staubli .... sound effects editor
William Storkson .... foley editor
Carlo Thoss .... production sound mixer
Special Effects by
Olivier de Laveleye .... special effects coordinator
Philippe Lebreton .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Michael Backauskas .... optical digital lineup
Reid Burns .... optical producer/supervisor
David Emerson .... optical lineup
Bret Mixon .... rotoscope supervisor
Bill Rowohlt .... optical camera
Kevin Shawley .... digital artist
Andrew Shuford .... visual effects model shop
Martha Soehendra .... digital artist
Gene Warren III .... model supervisor
Gene Warren III .... visual effects coordinator
Delphine Anais .... stunts
Gil Demurger .... stunt coordinator
Frédéric Dessains .... stunts (as Fred Dessains)
Christophe Marsaud .... stunt driver (as Christopher Marsaud)
Michel Norman .... stunt driving coordinator
Patrick Robineau .... stunt driver
Aurore Vallee .... stunt driver
Jean-Pierre Vallee .... stunt driver
Frédéric Vallet .... stunt rigger
Frédéric Vallet .... stunts (as Fred Vallet)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Aach .... camera loader
Özkan Arslan .... assistant electrician
Douglas Boswell .... second assistant camera
Alessio Bramucci .... best boy electric: Rome
Bernard Brégier .... key grip
Gérard Buffard .... best boy grip
Carlos Carrera .... grip
Eric Catelan .... steadicam operator
Wim Cloots .... best boy electric
Bruno Colanzi .... best boy grip: Rome
Pascal Delaunay .... grip
Antoine Ducep .... electrician
Dirk Favere .... chief lighting technician
Emmanuel Frideritzi .... electrician
Ernst Holtsch .... electrician
Paul In .... additional still photographer
Graham Johnston .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Jean-Paul Kieffer .... still photographer
Jean-Yves Le Poulain .... first assistant camera
Richard Mercier .... first assistant camera: steadicam
Jako Raybaut .... director of photography: second unit
Olivier Servais .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Christophe Vanhoutte .... electrician
Jo Voets .... electrician
Casting Department
Joanna Delon .... casting assistant
Beatrice Kruger .... casting: Rome (as Béatrice Kruger)
Carrie O'Brien .... casting: Luxembourg
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Magdalena Marczynska .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Kim Aubry .... post-production executive: Zoetrope
Miguel Bejo .... telecine dailies colorist
Jamie Burris .... post-production coordinator
Rick Downey .... negative cutter
Roger La Prairie .... colorist
Michael Matsumoto .... post-production assistant
Sandra Montiel .... first assistant editor
Dana Ross .... color timer
Scott Warren .... assistant editor
Louise Rubacky .... re-editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Tod Holcomb .... music editor
Debra MacCulloch .... music legal
Roger Neill .... composer: additional score
Roger Neill .... conductor
Roger Neill .... orchestrator
Brian Reitzell .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Guy Hebeler .... transportation manager
Joe Kotroczo .... driver
Karin Marié .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Susan Paley Abramson .... assistant to producers
Dawn Angel .... production assistant
Bob Bellion .... financial manager: Delux Productions
Carmen Berardini .... talent coordinator: Rome
Ernesto Cimbalo .... location manager: Rome
Francesco Colicigno .... location manager: Rome
Simon di Principe .... assistant script supervisor
Edna Do Nascimento Silva .... office coordinator
Sébastien Fernandes Tasch .... assistant location manager
Jacqueline Gamard .... script supervisor
Julie Hansen .... post production accountant
Norm Harnois .... assistant accountant: Delux
Guy Heinen .... location assistant
Bénédicte Humbel .... production coordinator
Radica Jovicic .... double: "Dragonfly"
Radica Jovicic .... stand-in: "Dragonfly"
Elizabeth Kirkscey .... assistant: Georgia Kacandes
Beryl Koltz .... location assistant
Joe Kotroczo .... production assistant
Patricia Kretschmer .... assistant to producer
Shannon Lail .... production executive: Zoetrope
Ragna Arny Larusdottir .... production coordinator
Xavier Laurent .... stand-in: Jeremy Davies
Roberto Longobardi .... assistant accountant: Delux
Claude Ludovicy .... location manager
Christopher Neil .... acting coach (as Chris Neil)
Sébastien Peiffer .... production assistant
Massimo Raschella .... assistant accountant: Delux
Carole Reding .... assistant accountant: Delux
Joanne Reichling .... production assistant
David Morais Rocas .... location trainee
Frederic Roeser .... assistant location manager (as Fredo Roeser)
George Sweney .... accountant
Estelle Tourscher .... assistant rushes coordinator
Spike Jonze .... special thanks

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Rated R for some nudity and language
88 min | France:91 min (Cannes Film Festival)
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Did You Know?

The trailer for the film is stylistically identical for the trailer that Paul designs for the film within the film, which, in turn, is stylistically identical to the trailer for the Stanley Kubrick film, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964).See more »
Continuity: During the chase scene, Dragonfly scrapes and destroys almost all of the rear left-side "winglet" on the white sports car she is driving, yet in the next shot, the winglet is seen to be completely intact and undamaged.See more »
Mr. E:[to rebels, over public address system] We will soon be ready to leave our lunar domes to descend and bring change to earth. We need to be free to make love all day. Every day. Must be free.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Contempt (1963)See more »
Dragonfly Car ChaseSee more »


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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Modest debut for Francis Ford Coppola's son Roman, 17 March 2006
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

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There are two films within a film in this campy debut from Roman Coppola. There is the introspective black and white, experimental, "student" sort of film that the young director Paul (Jeremy Davies) is making in his Paris apartment, and there is "Dragonfly," a kind of Barbarella (1968) sci-fi space shoot 'em up that he ends up directing. These might be seen as the twin realities of the young film maker: on the one hand there are those short films you made at USC or UCLA film school to get your degree; on the other, there are those mindless commercial entertainments that Hollywood needs to crank out for the masses. These represent the bookends of the young director's reality.

The third film, the film that exists over and above these two, is the film that Roman/Paul would like to make, a film about what it is like to be a young film maker amid the crass commercialism of the producers, the seductive lure of the glamor that is the film maker's world, and the daily often tedious work of the actual film making. In other words, Roman Coppola is self-exploring in public. He is the novelist as a film maker.

"Dragonfly" itself is indeed Barbarella without the benefit of Terry Southern's contributions to the script or the services of Jane Fonda. It is unconsciously campy and a satire on such films. Model Angela Lindvall, five feet ten and three-quarters inches tall, anorexically thin, and sporting some very serious hair, plays Dragonfly with a kind of Barbie doll intensity. It is immediately obvious that she has the muscle tone of the languid and the athletic ability of a preteen. Yet her character is a "for hire" secret agent skilled in the martial arts and the use of weapons. Playing opposite her is Billy Zane as "Mr. E" a kind of Che Guevara revolutionary who is absurdly stationed on the far side of the moon where he is training revolutionaries.

In the introspective black and white film, Paul sits on the commode and talks to the camera much to the disdain of his live-in girlfriend Marlene (French actress Elodie Bouchez, best known for her work in the outstanding The Dreamlife of Angels (1998)) who would like him to pay more attention to her.

This might be compared (distantly) with Francois Truffaut's La Nuit Américaine (Day for Night) from 1973 in which the great French director plays himself making a film--in other words a film within a film. Jeremy Davies reminds me somewhat of the sensitive, boyish actor Jean-Pierre Leaud, who played in that film after gaining prominence in Truffaut's Les Quatre cents coup (1959). It is easy to see Truffaut's influence on Roman Coppola, as indeed Truffaut has influenced many directors.

I don't think CQ ("Seek You") was entirely successful mainly because I don't think Roman made the transition from the self-indulgence and showiness characteristic of the very films he is satirizing to the mature project that addresses itself more directly to the needs of the audience. There is some fancy camera work with mirrors and characters seen from interesting angles, and some beautifully constructed sets, and some witty dialogue amid some telling satire of filmland people and their world (especially producer Enzo played by Giancarlo Giannini and Dragonfly's idiot second director), but we are never made to care about what happens to any of the characters, this despite the fact that Davies is a very sympathetic actor.

Some of the jokes in the film include the three-day five o'clock shadows on the faces of the young actors. (That style is almost contemporary--not sixties-ish.) The hairstyles of the women with the beehives and such hinted of 1969, the year of the main film, but the eye makeup again was more contemporary than sixties-ish since it lacked the very heavy black eyelashes and eye liner that one recalls. To get it right, Roman should have reviewed, e.g., Blow-Up (1966) or Elvira Madigan (1967), films I am sure he has seen. Another is the view of Paris in the year 2001 as seen from 1970. It is futuristic in a silly way, and recalls some science fiction that exaggerated the technological changes that would take place. Orwell's 1984 (from 1948) has not yet arrived, nor has the overpopulated, polluted world from Blade Runner (1982).

Appearing in small roles are Dean Stockwell as Paul's father, and veteran French film star Gerard Depardieu as Dragonfly's original director.

Bottom line: worth seeing if only because it is the first film of the son of Francis Ford Coppola who may yet do something to rival the great works of his father. By the way, this might also be compared to The Virgin Suicides (2000), his sister Sofia Coppola's first film, just to see who is more likely to best please Dad. I'm taking no bets.

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