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Roman Coppola follows admirably in the steps of father Francis Ford and sister Sophia (The Virgin Suicides) in making CQ a stylish, somewhat emotionally opaque homage to the 60's.

Being part of a lauded cinematic clan, the studious film maker shows his love for the craft as CQ (morse code for "seek you") un-spools as a couple of little films within the main one.

CQ stars Jeremy Davies (Spank the Monkey, Saving Private Ryan) who is an aspiring American director named Paul out to live his ambitions as a rebellious author.  But his financial strains keep him more occupied away from his artistic venture being shot at home, sometimes from the restroom.  His tempestuous French girlfriend (Elodie Bouchez) warns him that his affection for his own experiences may not be very exciting.

Thus, his editing job and second-unit directing support of "Dragonfly" (nothing like the Kevin Costner supernatural film) which is similar to Barbarella gets a boost when the edgy director (Gerald Depardieu) is asked to leave because of creative differences with the wacky producer (Giancarlo Gianni of Hannibal).  And Paul is given the assignment to complete the film and furnish the ending after a young, hip replacement (Jason Schwartzman of Slackers and Coppola's cousin) is injured in an auto accident.

Known for his pop commercials and promos, Coppola uses color strikingly for his visuals as the campiness of 60's hits are re-created.  He has a flair to for inviting good talent as Billy Zane and Dean Stockwell do more than show up in lesser parts.  Super model Angela Lindvall engages in her first feature in two parts - as the voluptuous secret agent of "Dragonfly," as well as the actress portraying her.

Down the stretch, the boogaloo sounds of CQ and the devotion of art can only help so much, with the plotting too fragmented and animated by in-jokes.  More of "Dragonfly" might have enhanced to the right vibe into what is more confidently directed than weakly told.


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