Q (Blu-ray) (2011)

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Released 17-Sep-2014

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Erotic Drama Theatrical Trailer
Trailer-Accent releases x 4
Rating Rated R
Year Of Production 2011
Running Time 102:55
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Laurent Bouhnik
Studio
Distributor
Accent Film Entertainment Starring Deborah Revy
Helene Zimmer
Gowan Didi
Johnny Amaro
Case Standard Blu-ray
RPI ? Music Ernest Saint Laurent


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None French Dolby Digital 2.0 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080i
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

"pleasure has nothing to do with love"

     Economic times are tough in Cherbourg, France with businesses closing and young people out of work. Q (also known as Desire) follows a disparate group of people as their lives intersect and they drink, smoke and think about sex. At the centre of the stories is the promiscuous Cecile (Deborah Revy) who, when she is not having sex with her pseudo-boyfriend Chance (Johnny Amaro), is propositioning men she meets on the France / England ferry, arranging sexual trysts for others or teasing Matt (Gowan Didi), who is working as a mechanic. Matt’s girlfriend Alice (Helene Zimmer) loves Matt but is inexperienced and shy about her body and sex. When Alice runs across Cecile, Cecile shows that her inclinations are not only towards men.

     Q is an erotic drama with the emphasis firmly on the erotic, as the drama, and the social context, is perfunctory at best. When a film commences with a group of naked women, filmed with a blue colour palate from the waist down as they chat in the showers about men and sex, it is pretty clear what we are going to get. Indeed, these naked women act as a sort of Greek chorus and the film returns to them and their conversations on a number of occasions until, at the very end, their purpose is revealed.

     The film is also ostensibly about love in various guises. While Cecile is very much the focus, there is also Chance’s friend Manu who is devastated as his girlfriend has left him, an older married couple having difficulties in their marriage, and a pair of lesbians. It seems that the remedy to problems is frequently sex and pleasure, rather than love, although at the end the film cops out on that one too. But raunchy the film certainly is: as well as full frontal nudity, Q features some of the most explicit sex scenes and actual sexual activity in a general release film I have seen, which fully justifies its “R” rating in Australia. I should point out that all the sexual activity is consensual and violence towards woman is certainly not a factor; indeed most often it is Cecile who controls the situations.

     Yet, while Q is certainly a sexploitation film, it is well made and the acting far better than one might have expected. Deborah Revy looks spectacular, but she is more a catalyst and her character does not develop and the attempt to explain her promiscuity by means of the death of her father is never convincing. However, the standout is Helene Zimmer, who also looks beautiful and makes her journey towards sexual awakening interesting enough.

     Q tries for some social conscience, but is mostly an excuse for nudity and “R” rated sexual activity along with mixed messages about sex, desire, pleasure and love. Yet it is well put together, and the acting and dialogue is far better than one might expect, making Q quite watchable, even when they have their clothes on!

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Transfer Quality

Video

     Q is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1, in 1080i using the MPEG-4 AVC code. The IMDb gives the original ratio as 1.78:1, but it could equally have been the European ratio of 1.66:1.

     Other than the scenes which has a deliberate blue colour palate, the print of Q has good, natural colours and strong, clean detail. This is not a film with soft focus in the sex scenes! Blacks and shadow detail are very good, contrast and brightness consistent, skin tones natural.

     Other than some slight aliasing on vertical lines, such as the shed at 25:43, and some ghosting with motion, there were no marks or artefacts.

     Subtitles in American English are available in a clear yellow font. I did not notice any spelling of grammatical errors. There is no tab in the main menu for subtitles but they can be removed with the remote for French speakers.

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Audio

     Audio is French Dolby Digital 2.0 at 448 Kbps, that is, no lossless audio.

     Q is not a film that requires too much of its audio. Dialogue seems clear and centred and the rears are mostly used for the score plus occasional effects, such as thunder. I did not notice anything directed to the sub-woofer.

     The score by Ernest Saint Laurent was effective.

     There are no lip synchronisation issues.

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Extras

Trailers (7:24)

     The following trailers play on start-up and must be skipped: Day and Night, Meat, Vanishing Waves and Wake Up and Die. They can also be selected from the menu, plus a trailer for Q.

Censorship

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R4 vs R1

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     The only other Blu-ray releases of Q listed are French and German Region B versions that are not English friendly. Buy local.

Summary

     Q is an erotic drama with the emphasis firmly on the erotic. It includes nudity and explicit “R” rated sexual activity along with mixed messages about sex, desire, pleasure and love. Yet the film is well put together and the acting and dialogue is far better than one might expect.

     The video and audio are fine, trailers are the only extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Ray Nyland (the bio is the thing)
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Review Equipment
DVDSony BDP-S580, using HDMI output
DisplayLG 55inch HD LCD. This display device has not been calibrated. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderNAD T737. This audio decoder/receiver has not been calibrated.
AmplificationNAD T737
SpeakersStudio Acoustics 5.1

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