New York Times - 05/24/2002
"...The filmmaker splatters the scene with his love for the movies, comic books and music, and the film vibrates with that affection....Don't fight the undertow. Go along with it..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 06/01/2002
"...Young Coppola includes a lot of witty barbs aimed at the cinematic fetishes of another era....There are amusing cameos..."
Rolling Stone - 06/20/2002
"...A film of intoxicating atmosphere..."
Entertainment Weekly - 07/06/2012
"[A] loving tongue-in-cheek ode to the '60s era of kitschy Eurotrash filmmaking." -- Grade: B+
Directed by Roman Coppola (the son of Francis Ford Coppola and brother of Sofia) in his feature film debut, CQ follows Paul (Jeremy Davies), an aspiring American filmmaker living in Paris circa 1969 with his French girlfriend, Marlene (Élodie Boulez). When Paul's not in his flat making an angst-ridden home movie and treating Marlene with complete indifference, he's working as a editor on a sci-fi film helmed by the volatile Andrezej (Gérard Depardieu) and starring the beautiful Valentine (Angela Lindvall) as Dragonfly, a sexy secret agent. After a tense fight between Andrezej and the film's producer (Giancarlo Giannini), Paul is promoted to director, leaving him with an unfinished film and a growing infatuation with Valentine.
A tribute to late-1960s guilty pleasures such as BARBARELLA and DANGER: DIABOLIK, CQ even goes so far as to include John Phillip Law (who starred in both films) in a minor role. Coppola's film also places one foot in the film-about-film genre, with many references to French New Wave cinema that particularly pop up in Paul's autobiographical movie. With it's immaculate 1969 period design and eclectic supporting cast--including Jason Schwartzman, Dean Stockwell, and Billy Zane--CQ makes for a unique look at the strange world of making movies.
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