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In a social context deteriorated by a countrywide economic crisis, the life of several people will be turned upside down after they meet Cecile, a character who symbolizes desire.

Original Title:Q
Release Date:September 14, 2011
MPAA Rating:16
Genres:Drama, Romance
Production Co.:Acajou Films, Rebel Rebel, Birka Holding
Production Countries:France
Director:Laurent Bouhnik, Sandra Di Pasquale
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Plot Keywords:france, female nudity, sex, sexuality, love, sexual fantasy, romance, unfaithfulness, unsimulated sex, prostitution, female homosexuality, couple, desire, lesbian sex, explicit sex, economic crisis, sexual disorder, erotic movie
Alternative Titles:
  • Desire - [US]
  • 巴黎Q娘 - [CN]
  • Q - [HU]
  • Q - Желание - [BG]

Desire Reviews

  • A beautiful film about human sexuality
    by sybarite_2003 on 23 February 2012

    68 out of 83 people found the following review useful:

    I really liked this film. It was shot in lovely locations in the French countryside, on the beach-front and in little town cafés, and it featured a host of beautiful actors and actresses (many of them non-professional). Yes there is a lot of explicit (non-simulated) sex and nudity throughout but for a film which is about exploring the central role of sexuality in our modern lives it makes sense and I didn't find it either offensive or pornographic. Though very sexually explicit the scenes were tasteful and beautifully shot. It was also quite a funny film. You could definitely watch this with your girlfriend or boyfriend.

    I wish all countries could treat sexuality in a matter-of-fact way like this as the French do.

  • Falls Short In Every Category
    by David Habif on 20 March 2013

    23 out of 27 people found the following review useful:

    Director Laurent Bouhnik had an interesting idea, but it didn't translate well on screen. I consider almost every aspect of this film a very rough draft.

    1. Character development is almost non-existent. 2. The narrative is choppy and many scenes are unnecessary. 3. The plot lacks direction. 4. The acting is okay at best. 5. None of the characters are particularly likable.

    Bottom Line: I've read several reviews that praise this film for it's success in it's depiction of eroticism, however, Bouhnik's overly-heavy focus on sex and erotic behavior doesn't leave enough room for the characters or the story to develop properly. I will admit that there are several (individual) scenes that are strong--diamonds in the rough, if you will--but when the film was over, I had taken nothing from it, felt nothing during it, and was generally uninterested in the story and the characters.

  • Desire? Frustration rather.
    by TdSmth5 on 26 November 2012

    26 out of 33 people found the following review useful:

    Cecile is a desirable girl. She knows it and uses herself as a weapon. Even though she has a boyfriend she flirts and leads on every man she runs into. Once she has their attention and their sex drive on full she goes away leaving them with her panties or her phone number. She has a group of girl friends that get very little attention. They hang around and worry about the future, their relationships and their unhappiness with men. Eventually they take on a new career.

    Cecile's boyfriend is some little thug as are all his friends some of which are involved with Cecile friends. They commit crimes, talk about their sexual conquests, whine and cry about their girlfriends. Because of tough economical times they have no jobs.

    Matt is perhaps the main male character here. He's a mechanic and at the beginning of the movie has a run in with Cecile, a frustrated one which is her specialty. He has a girlfriend, Alice, but she won't put out. When her mom catches the young couple walking around, Alice gets in big trouble. Apparently wherever this is taking place, the harbor town still has some Victorian small town morality.

    An older couple is significant for these people's lives because, like everyone else here, they aren't getting any, but devise a plan to change that, a plan the will involve Cecile who in turn will involve Alice. It all ends on a happy note.

    In Q you get to witness all these frustrated people-frustrated financially, frustrated sexually-going about being frustrated and having frustrated sexual encounters and quickly it frustrates you too. Cecile is an interesting character. She's a free spirit, sexually open, and very attractive. She too is mighty frustrated sexually and looks for thrills by using, abusing, and manipulating people. She and most other women in this movie tell men some very hurtful things, when men are at their most vulnerable. This movie ought to have been a more detailed exploration of that kind of woman who delights in arousing men for kicks. But this movie doesn't do that, it goes for the easy and nice solution. In meantime one has to put up with all the drama with these relationships among characters that are never clearly established. And I use "drama" in the worst sense possible, as used by young people today. People are constantly crying, when they are alone, when they are with their loved ones. It's a bit too much. All the men here are weaklings and whiners- an easy target for Cecile. We know next to nothing of the other males or Cecile's friends, but when one of them whines about sex or a partner, the camera is there.

    Thankfully, this movie shows plenty of skin nicely filmed which keeps you entertained in between scenes that have you throwing up your arms in the air in frustration. There is some XXX activity going on, but I wouldn't even call them "scenes," they are just a few frames really. Nothing that should outrage anyone. Appropriately, there's a certain timelessness in this movie. We have no idea how much time transpires in part because some scenes in the future are interspersed throughout the movie and also because these people are stuck in some very old fashioned way of looking at things. Still, Q is watchable, it is not like some Brisseau movie that puts you to sleep even as women are taking their clothes off. Q does feature the best opening credits ever unfortunately filmed in black and blue coloring though. Not to mention that Deborah Revy and Helene Zimmer are very attractive in a normal sort of way without being fake bombshells. Q has a couple of good idea and some excellent talent, it could and should have been so much more.

    Relationships as portrayed in this movie make you almost long for the new American transactional type of relationship among the sexes.

  • Not bad, even if I expected better
    by thucy1 on 30 December 2012

    13 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

    This movie is very daring because showing many unsimulated sex scenes, what is not frequent in mainstream movies. Some young actors are good and promising. The first one is Deborah Révy who plays the leading role. Even if her character is not very credible (a girl obsessed by sex and greedy to make love with many people, just because her father died recently), she plays it well, with a provocative and natural attitude. She's pretty convincing even if the storyboard is rather awkward.

    Hélène Zimmer who plays, on the opposite, a shy girl frightened to make love with her boyfriend for the first time, is touching and very convincing too.

    In that kind of movie showing explicitly physical love, I preferred "9 songs" by far, because in "Q", one has often the feeling that the explicit sex scenes are shown for themselves and don't really serve the story. so, watching the movie, one have an embarrassing feeling to be a voyeur.

    that's pity, it could have been far better. But I enjoyed it anyway.

  • A movie about connection and disconnection and love
    by romath on 23 May 2012

    17 out of 25 people found the following review useful:

    Wow, other reviewers see this as pornography. Take another look. It's about connection and disconnection in French society, in which sex and discussions about sex are used as a central vehicle for showing relations between men and women in French society (or at least younger ones). Note that the director never shows anything above the waist of the nude women in the shower chattering away about sex and men. Note that all the characters are missing each other needs and hence at odds and frustrated. Note the scene in the plaza where everyone is self-absorbed. Note that the author starts the movie with a message that he still believes love is possible.

    Where the movie fails most is not in its failure to do more than vaguely allude to the background situation - unemployment and a shipyard strike. Why those are even there is never clarified. Rather, it was the director's inability to bring the story to completion without implanting an implausibly happy ending that left me wondering what was the point of it all. If French social relations are pretty much the same as they were 25 years ago, then the director's gotten quite a bit right. Unfortunately, he didn't know where to go with it. That's why, in spite of the good acting (for the most part), I gave it only six stars.

  • Honest, fascinating movie
    by RockMollan on 13 September 2012

    15 out of 22 people found the following review useful:

    I love this film! It is honest and beautiful, and I actually liked how all the sexy scenes never stopped surprising you. Very sincere and I also love the storyline. There is nothing about this movie that feels fake, and yes, maybe it was not what I expected but it was... fascinating. It also contains some great acting.

    More films out there should be this honest and real! And also, I like Cecile's and Chance's relationship, it is just so interesting... You can really see from the beginning how they care for each other, and yet they do not make any promises or expect anything from each other.

    The shooting and conversations in the movie is what I feel makes it so honest. Absolutely wonderful.

    I would totally watch it again. And again.

  • erotica at its dramatic best..
    by Binoy Santhakumar (bonzybino) on 11 July 2012

    15 out of 22 people found the following review useful:

    Its hard to make a drama erotic, the more complex if its the other way around. Q is an erotica at its dramatic best, a distant topper in the genre. The plot evolves with lives of some characters revolving around Cecile, the protagonist in the drama, and how she change their lives. Too much subtle the screenplay at times, that we tend to lose it quite easily. And thankfully, the erotic scenes never shadows the feel of the movie which makes it engaging throughout.

    The creditable performances from the cast imprints the quality of the drama, and quite deceitfully we get obsessed with the protagonist played by the gorgeous Déborah Révy - a rare breed of voluptuousness and acting prowess. The movie for all its sensuousness should be indebted to some unseen good locale, complemented well by good cinematography. A must stop port this for the erotica lovers, and a good watch for other movie goers. Its an erotica at its dramatic best. 6.5/10

  • Not Q(t)
    by kosmasp on 27 June 2013

    8 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

    But a very effective movie. I had no idea watching this, that it would have graphic nudity in it. Nor that it would also include actual penetration (oral sex and more). But that is not the reason I was positively surprised by this movie. The performances did it. And the fact, that the woman actually feel real in this one. They have their problems and desires and feel like well thought persons, which unfortunately even in "normal" movies is not always the case.

    If you don't have a problem with the sexual and erotic nature of the movie, you will watch a drama that is very well made. Interestingly enough by a man, who obviously wanted to break with some conventions and clichés. But remember, this is more an drama that is erotic/sexual, than erotic with some added drama!

  • Yet another French porn flick
    by Nuri Sev on 25 December 2013

    6 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

    I give this film the courtesy of marking "Contains spoiler" box (yes, I've seen the uncut version). Here it goes: ass, breasts, vagina, penis, blow job, hand job, pussy eating, promiscuous sex, lesbian sex... Now, I probably spoiled everything and you don't want to see it anymore.

    For a moment -just for a moment- I thought there was a plot, like "Women use sex to get other things from men, and men promise other things to get sex from women, but if men are broke and cannot attain those promises then women get unstable enough to run own brothel to raise cash, and then...", but my mind was probably playing tricks on me either in shock incurred from the awfully made car accident scene, or in befuddlement from having repeatedly seen so many jiggly wet asses and vaginae in showers backed by French nymphet chatters, or both.

    To cut the long review short -and if you pardon my French- deux stars over dix.

  • Explicit scenes do NOT detract from an engaging story
    by minnich on 3 March 2012

    12 out of 20 people found the following review useful:

    Yes, this avante-garde 2011 production certainly has multiple UNsimulated sex scenes (boy-girl and girl-girl), but this nicely-shot film offers MUCH more than that, and its story could NOT have been rendered properly without those scenes. Set in a small port on the English Channel coast -- probably around Normandy -- the story revolves around the misadventures of a half-dozen or so young middle-class early-twentysomethings who all seemingly lack motivation to do anything more with their lives than work in menial jobs (or steal cars, in a couple cases)...and have sex (the poor current economic situation in France is implicitly blamed for this, it seems). Brassy-slut-who's-really-just-looking-for-love-and-the-perfect-guy Cecile is the pivotal figure. It's quite interesting to see how she interacts with all the other key characters, and how her actions end-up actually helping a variety of people with their relationships. Turns out there's actually a HEART above that vagina...

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