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Q [DVD]
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176 of 187 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2012
Feel as one may about French films, it must be admitted that they bring something to the field of erotic cinema that is refreshingly 'real' , and the film 'Q' ('Desire') carries on this tradition. In an interview in the 'extras' section on the disk the director (Laurent Bouhnik ) states that he was attempting to present a more 'honest' and 'feminine' view of human sexual relationships. The mechanism that he uses to achieve this goal seems to centre on focusing on the female characters in the story as they relate to life circumstances and men. The plot revolves around a group of young 20 somethingish individuals, who appear to all be acquainted, living in a small sea-side town. Played out against the grim economic realities of present times we follow the action of the principal female character, Cecile, as she comes to grips with her father's recent death. Apparently a bit 'un-hinged' by her personal loss she appears to be casting about for some satisfaction/resolution through a series of sexual dalliances and relationships. She is having 'issues' with her 'steady' boyfriend so she 'teases' some other guys into having sex with her and also gets involved in some sapphic action with the sexually naive & frustrated Alice. To a lesser extent the plot also attempts to track the sexual flounderings of some of the secondary characters and it can get a little confusing, on first viewing, as to who is with who and why they're doing what they're doing.

Indeed, 'frustration' is a key concept in this flik as the director, again, makes his point that, in the real world, sexual relationships are not always 'smooth' and 'hot' as depicted in the porno cinema. This film IS quite explicit in showing intimate sexual situations and full female (& male) nudity abounds. There are scenes of oral and auto eroticism, as well as hetero and lesbian liaisons - but no penetration, and the sex is all woven into the context of the story-line so that it does not come off as 'gratuitous'. In the final analysis, the film doesn't come to any grand conclusions - it is essentially a 'slice of life' examination of human relationships - but the 'thespians' are all very attractive and get naked a lot. I would say that the director achieved his objective in providing a more 'realistic' vision of eroticism, which ironically may lower its' actual erotic potential, but it is an easy and enjoyable watch (with lotsa naked bodies) and even has a (relatively) happy ending!
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69 of 76 people found the following review helpful
on 2 September 2012
Watched this with my wife and we both enjoyed it. I read on here that one of the reviewers said there was no script, that the acting wasn't that great and it was all about the sex. I personally think that these comments are all pretty far from the truth. There is a very simple story, told very well. The film does have a strong explicit element and you have to admire both the casting, the direction and the acting in a film that does have such a strong provocative element for shooting in such a believable way. For the most part the shock factor is handled very well and I believe this film pulls it off. There's an element of humor in the drama that unfolds, that adds to an overall sense of mischief in the film, that spans right the way through to the direction to how the screenplay develops on screen. There are plenty of obvious things you can pick holes in. Like the fact the actors, especially the female roles, are all very attractive -but is this not true of a lot of mainstream Hollywood films?

In summary, this film is a bit of fun, watchable, well made, well acted and very rude. Not everything you watch has to be a life affirming moment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2015
I watched this film, initially, on Prime but enjoyed it enough to buy the dvd and watch again, with the added bonus of director and actress' interviews. On the surface it is one of those films that the French do so well: it is an entertaining trench of life involving a bunch of twentysomethings in a French channel port (Caen is mentioned in the dialogue) all of whom, with the exception of Matt the mechanic, appear to be unemployed, with most of the (disenchanted) male characters involved in petty crime/revenge against a dodgy employer, including car theft. However the film revolves around the sexual antics of the feisty Cecile whose father has recently died and whose ashes she has to decide what to do with. This seems to be a tenuous reason for her sexually provoking a string of men, and one woman, of varying ages, despite having a steady boyfriend, though she is frustrated with their sex life. There isn't much of a plot, although the film is book-ended with the matter of her late father's ashes. It is more a loosely linked set of situations interspersed with some highly charged and erotic sex scenes. The acting's not very good, the dialogue is rather pedestrian and the direction's not great but the sex scenes are great and pleasingly explicit! You get everything here: oral sex, lesbian sex, female masturbation, penetrative sex, etc. Interspersed through the film is monochrome film of naked women, only viewed from the neck down, showering together and talking about men and sex. PLOT SPOILER: They turn out to be the main female protagonists preparing for the final scene of the film - a sex party for which all the male 'guests' have paid. Another scene, which helps lift the film out of being soft porn to being more of an art film is the scene outside the cafe where the action transfers from one character to another and back to the original, all of whom are talking on their phones! There is a lot of 'sobbing' in the film: e.g. Alice has a good cry after masturbating in one totally disconnected scene, one of the 'men' sobs into his phone while begging his girlfriend to come back to him. Altogether, a very brave film: none of the main actors' careers seems to have blossomed after making this film...
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERon 21 September 2014
Spike Lee made a mildly soft core movie, She's Gotta Have It, about a sexually promiscuous, young black American woman, with a voracious sexual appetite, and who couldn't pick between several boyfriends. Q is about a twenty something French girl, named Cecile, who's sexually promiscuous, and likes playing sex games with people.
It reminded me of She's Gotta Have It ( She's Gotta Have It [DVD] ), but Q is definitely not a soft core adult film. It's not exactly hard core, but it's comfortably medium core, with just about everything you'd see in a hard core flick save for full on, penetrative sex and "money shots".
There are several no holds barred close ups of fellatio, cunnilingus and masturbation. Cecille cheats on her handsome boyfriend, a man who is into petty crime, and has no direction in life.
She seduces Matt, who's only too happy to succumb to her charms, because his own girlfriend, Alice, is a female who, purportedly, has very high moral standards, and is giving the poor chap blue balls (she won't go to bed with him, but is okay to give him a blowjob in his car, which is shot in explicit close up detail).
Cecile then seduces a frustrated married man on the Dover to Calais ferry crossing, and on a subsequent crossing, she bumps into Alice. Cecile turns on her charms, and soon afterwards she and Alice are involved in an intensely erotic lesbian coupling on the boat, arguably one of the best of its type ever filmed.
The film is undoubtedly beautifully shot, and extremely well acted, to such an extent that it's medium rather than soft core sex scenes, almost seem out of kilter with the rest of the movie. The film basically plays out like any other drama about a group of twenty somethings who are looking to sow a few wild oats.
It had me thinking of it as a very erotic version of About Last Night (Rob Lowe and Demi Moore) - About Last Night [DVD] [2010]. One weakness with the film, however, is that Cecile is not particularly likeable. She's basically quite annoying, self absorbed, has no moral standards, and apparently doesn't really like herself. Alice though is far more likeable (and not just because she's far sexier), which makes her sexual congress with Cecile ring quite hollow, even though the sex scene itself is ridiculously hot.
At a very late stage of the movie, a belated attempt is made to salvage Cecile's character, by implying or inferring that her blasé attitude to sex, is the result of her being upset by her father's recent death. I've no doubt that a parent's death would make adult offspring profoundly upset, but Cecile's attitude to sex becomes just so laissez faire and carefree, that linking it to her dad's demise is unconvincing.
It just seems like the director's last ditch attempt to make his morally suspect "heroine" a bit more likeable. In any event, if you liked About Last Night, and fancy watching a much more raunchy version, with some French flair and style, this fits the bill. If you enjoy Q, and haven't seen She's Gotta Have It, that's worthy of a view too.
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2012
French art films can be cutting edge or dreadfully dull. Q falls in the former category...excellent.
Following the antics of a femme fatale, and it has to be said a very beautiful femme fatale at that (Deborah Revie), and her girlfiends, the story line is a little difficult to comprehend at times.
What makes this watchable is the sheer brilliance with which the leading actress teases and cajoles men (and women) to gratify both her sexual needs and her need to be manipulative.
The sex (there is a lot of it) is very graphic. If you are at all apprehensive or offended by the sight of intimate arousal, both heterosexual and lesbian, then steer clear.
But, rather than being the focal point of the movie, the sexual content augments the story very well.
This probably would have been censored heavily not many years ago.
Overall? Excellent.
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2012
This is, to my knowledge, a breakthrough film. It mostly successfully shows the diffuse sexuality and searching which is typical for some people in their twenties. Wonderfully photographed, it grabs your attention immediately and doesn't stop at the usual boundaries of filming nudity and direct sexuality. It's not porn, though it can be arousing at times. The ending was a bit over the top for me. But overall, an excellent film. I would like to see the lines this film crosses eliminated when appropriate. It's the 21st century. The standard of extreme violence and autopsies being ok for family television but showing sexuality in a serious film being taboo..we need to move on. This film, intrinsically worthwhile, also helps loosen the moronic censorship standards. Check it out. Brian Tlougan, author of A-list: The Best in Cinema & TV
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2014
As expected it was light,entertaining, good acting and very sensual! For these specifications I recommend it to all as a Erotica film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2015
Myself and my partner enjoyed this film. It is not full on explicit porn! You get a story (subtitles in English) sort of! It provided enough titillation and mood without the hardcore element and was more exciting for it. Some scenes do contain full nudity and its hard to tell if its soft core sometimes. So all in all an inexpensive night in that will provide entertainment.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 9 July 2012
Q tries to say something but it is not really easy to understand. I was informed that this movie was like a femenine version of PASOLINI's TEOREMA.

There is a person (a woman) that affects the life of some people but nothing makes a lot of sense. TEOREMA occured within a bourgeois family and there was a political and religious metaphor in it. Here, are random characters; each one with sexual related issues that somehow get acquainted with the main character and she helps them ( in very naive ways; I must say).

There are a couple of brief but strong and very realistic sexual scenes but it is not pornography or even really erotic.

In brief; I cannot say it is a bad movie but it was obviously not what I expected.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2013
Legitimate characters. Well Acted. I wasn't expecting that much and was surprised. Graphic in a couple of scenes but was a good coming of age story.
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