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Q - Sexual Desire(Blu-ray) (FSK 18)
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177 of 190 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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70 of 78 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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25 of 28 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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37 of 44 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 April 2014
Good story, very watchable.
High quality film.
Would recommend if you like foreign films.
Beautiful people, great acting, good script.
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2014
Really good film couldn't stop watching it
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 July 2014
In the "extras" two of the actors say the director spent hours rehearsing and talking through the film with them, but it doesn't really show in the final product. The film centres on a group of young women, who talk a lot about sex (often naked in a communal shower) but are frustrated in actually getting it. The various young men seem to be in a similar predicament, but it's never quite clear why. The thematic background is supposed to be industrial and social unrest (there is a strike going on), but this is only touched upon. The conversations are disjointed and often difficult to follow, and there is really very little plot. On the plus side, the acting is very naturalistic and the sex scenes are frank. And the various backdrops of French ports (Cherbourg, Honfleur etc) are attractive. With much tighter script and editing, this could have been quite a good film!
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