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CQ (2001)

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.

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Roman Coppola

Writer:

Roman Coppola
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

Paris, 1969. The filming of a sci-fi movie set in the distant year 2000 is in trouble. The director's obsession with the actress who plays the sexy secret agent Dragonfly has clouded his judgment and the film has no ending. A young American, in Paris to document his life on film with total honesty, is brought in to finish the movie with a bang. This proves to be difficult when the line between his fantasy life and reality becomes blurred, and he finds himself seduced by the charms of Dragonfly. Written by Kimberly

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Genres:

Drama | Comedy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy | Luxembourg | USA

Language:

English | French | Italian

Release Date:

31 May 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agente Laumžirgis See more »

Filming Locations:

Luxembourg See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,942, 27 May 2002

Gross USA:

$414,358

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$499,891
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Phillip Law appears in the campy sci-fi movie within the movie, which is clearly inspired by his previous films Barbarella and Danger: Diabolik. See more »

Goofs

When Dragonfly swerves her car in reverse in the tunnel, there are skid marks already on the ground along the path her tires take. See more »

Quotes

Andrezej: Remember, Paul... always stand next to the camera. Your actor will feel you there and will be playing just for you.
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Connections

References Barbarella (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Song for the loved one
(uncredited)
Written by Patrick Woodcock and Pierre Begon-Lours and Stéphane Luginbühl
Performed by Mellow
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AUTEUR! AUTEUR!
28 May 2002 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

CQ (2002) *** Jeremy Davies, Angela Lindvall, Elodie Bouchez, Gerard Depardieu, Giancarlo Giannini, Massimo Ghini, John Phillip Law, Jason Schwartzman, Dean Stockwell, Billy Zane. 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.


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