CQ (2001)

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CQ (2001)

Postby elanze on Sun May 10, 2009 1:27 am

fuEgo wrote:
Thanks to fauxteur from cinemageddon

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My upgraded rip of the film, commentary and all video extras from the 2-sided NTSC DVD. I hope you enjoy !

DVD Talk Review:

"CQ" delighted me from open to close. It's not a film that fills out all of its ideas, but it's about as original and fun as it gets these days. It's also well-acted, made with good spirits and beautifully filmed. The film, which barely got much distribution and had little marketing, is directed by Roman Coppola (brother of Sofia and son of Francis). While it's not as remarkable a debut as Sofia's "Virgin Suicides" was, "CQ" still shows the makings of a richly talented and imaginative filmmaker.

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The film stars Jeremy Davies ("Saving Private Ryan") as Paul Ballard, an American film editor living in Paris in 1969. By day, he's using a b & w camera to film the life of himself and his girlfriend and by night, he's editing a wonderfully cheesy sci-fi movie (think "Barbarella") called "Dragonfly".

As the film opens, we're shown the growing rift between Paul and girlfriend Marlene (Élodie Bouchez). Marlene is patient, but has her own opinions of Paul's personal film - "Just because you film every possible thing in your life doesn't mean you'll understand yourself any better". He responds with, "but I just want to capture what's real, what's honest." She comes back with, "what if it's boring?"

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Meanwhile, problems are growing on the set of "Dragonfly". Paul watches as the film's producer (a wonderful Giancarlo Giannini) gives director Andrezej (Gérard Depardieu, in one of his best performances) the boot. Director Felix DeMarco (Jason Schwartzman of "Rushmore", in a brilliant little performance) comes in to save the picture, only to head into an accident. All eyes turn to editor Paul to complete the picture, as he's the most familiar with the film and can finally give it the kind of ending everyone thinks it needs. All the while, while his involvement with his own personal film is pushing away his girlfriend, his work on "Dragonfly" is drawing him closer to Valentine (Angela Lindvall, a real find who reminded me of Canadian actress Jessica Pare), the starlet of that film.

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"CQ" could have been silly, ridiculous and forgettable (think "Austin Powers" goes indie), but several elements made it memorable. There's several scenes that smartly, lightly examine the boundaries between film and reality, as well as commercialism vs. art. If anything, I would have liked the 88-minute picture to be expanded to fill out some of the film's ideas in those categories. The cinematography by Robert D. Yeoman (Wes Anderson's "Royal Tenenbaums", "Dogma") is often downright stunning, affectionately capturing some of the film's remarkably beautiful locations.

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Production designer Dean Tavoularis (who also worked father Coppola's "Godfather" series) captures the era spectacularly, right down to the most minor detail. The performances, as I mentioned earlier, are right on-target - even Davies, whose too low-key performances I've never really cared for, fits in perfectly. Above all, I really got the sense that the filmmakers not only loved and respected these characters, but love everything about the era.

"CQ" isn't going to appeal to all audiences or is it a perfect film, but I loved it. It's funny, smart, genuinely sweet, well-crafted and superbly acted.

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File Size (in bytes) ............................: 1,500,338,176 bytes / 1.39 GB
Runtime .........................................: 1:27:56

Video Codec .....................................: XviD 1.1.2 Final
Frame Size ......................................: 704x384 (AR: 1.833)
FPS .............................................: 23.976
Video Bitrate ...................................: 1621 kb/s
Bits per Pixel ..................................: 0.250 bpp
B-VOP, N-VOP, QPel, GMC..........................: [B-VOP], [], [], []

Audio Codec .....................................: 0x2000 (Dolby AC3) AC3
Sample Rate .....................................: 48000 Hz
Audio Bitrate ...................................: 448 kb/s [6 channel(s)] CBR
No. of audio streams ............................: 2

Language: English (commentary on track 2)
Subtitles: French, Spanish, English (sub-idx)


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Re: CQ (2001)

Postby spudthedestroyer on Sun May 10, 2009 2:50 pm

just on my way to post this, looks good! :beerchug:
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Re: CQ (2001)

Postby weezee on Wed May 27, 2009 1:30 pm

Cool, I only have a wrong AR version of this :beerchug:
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Re: CQ (2001)

Postby angel_punx on Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:13 pm

Thanks :D
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