Reviewer - James Ackland
Film Genre - Drama
Label - Accent
Audio - English Dolby 5.1
Running time - 90 mins
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Region Coding: 0 Pal
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Label - Gryphon
Audio - French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles - English
Running Time - 104
Aspect Ratio - 1.85:1
Region Coding - B (Blu-Ray)
TV Standard - PAL
Rating - R18+
Screen Format - 2.40:1
Year of Release - 2011
Q is a French film directed by Laurent Bouhnik, I'm unsure how to descibe Q as it does not have a traditional linear plot, instead its a film more or less focused on the sexuality of these younger characters in ta modern day poverty stricken France. The film may be hard to follow at first, this may require potentially multiple viewings to make sure you don't miss every little action that occurs.
The film does not have one protagonist, I guess you could say the protagonist is the tempting and very sexually active Cecile . Immediately as soon as we meet her she is already tempting a young man she knows named Matt into seeing her naked. He is unsure how to react to her, but eventually we the audience learn this is how she is as a person.
Matt appears to be working as a mechanic and current has a girlfriend named Alice. We notice that the film is structured to move around from character to character, very much in the way that Richard Linklater would. Intertwined between this main 'plot' is a series of conversations from woman in a blue tinged shower, we don't know who these women are or their purpose, but they appear to be constantly discussing about their sexual envcounters. Back to the main story we discover that Matt really want s to have sex with Alice, however we discover that Alice lives in a very repressed household with old fashion parents. Her character stands out as frustrated and having to be obdient to her parents, even the sight of her kissing Matt sets her mother off in rage; as her character develops we see her using methods to realse her sexual tension later on.
The film is centric on these youths lives in a povery stricen France, where Cecile live with her housemates, Cecile has somewhat of a boyfrind who find himself constantly getting into trouble with gangsters. They live in an apartment and we each get to learn about who they are and their mishaps that occur along the way. It is quite comical in scenes when they are being chased over a wall and then getting away in a car. We then continue to follow them on their journey, including a eroommate that turns lesbian in front of her friends. Even Cecile on a boat trying to attract a married man by rubbing his leg, the man then tells his wife how he would like to have a fantasy with the both of them and meet up. Not to spoil but hese are just some of the elements that make Q are very intriguing and curious watch.
It certainly has learnt its R rating well with very sexually explicit content, nothing is held back. We see an on screen felatio and other full nude sequences. It does add to the overall authenticity of these characters lives and their existence within this world. Q is quirky, erotic and overall one of the more interesting dramas to come out of France in the past few years.
Accent Films presentation looks very nice, presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.40:1. Shot digitally, the film has a great level of clarity with detail really popping in the image. The film also has very vibrant colours and they are rich thought. Consistent black level are also present, even in the screen grab above you can see there are no signs of digital grain, a common issue with films shot in this digital format.
The film is presented here in its original French (Dolby Digital 5.1) soundtrack. It provides us clear dialogue and also a vibrant score that does make use of a surround sound speaker system.
Unfortunately no extras, but we do ge the usual entertaining and awesome trailers for Accent upcoming releases. It has the usual "they're here!' yell before they begin.