Going where no one else dares: the director and cast of Q

Writer/director Laurent Bouhnik and actresses Hélène Zimmer and Léticia Belliccini were in London recently for the Raindance Film Festival and the UK premiere of the controversial new film Q. We took some time with them in-between screenings to discuss the audience reaction to the film and the importance of freedom of expression in cinema.

 

 

In the graphically erotic Q, filmmaker Laurent Bouhnik (24 Hours in the Life of a Woman) uses the current economic crisis as a trenchant social backdrop to the lives of a group of conflicted teenagers. When the enigmatic Cecile walks into their lives, their deepest-felt sexual urges are unleashed and their worlds changed forever.

After the death of her father, 20 year old Cecile (Déborah Révy) looks for support from her friends but it's only through random sexual encounters that she finds solace. Alice (Hélène Zimmer), who lives under the thumb of her repressive parents, dreams of the 'perfect love story' but her 'secret' boyfriend Matt (Gowan Didi) can't commit to anything substantial. Given striking immediacy by the graphic depiction of real sex, it is these stories of love and desire that form the emotional and sensual epicentre of Q.

Q is a probing look at the nature of sexual impulses and the unique intimacy that only sex can create between two people. Sure to cause controversy, Q bares all with its cast of youthful newcomers delivering wryly observed dialogue behind an unbridled depiction of carnal passion. Q is a subversive and explicit adventure that is impossible to forget.

In-depth interviews with Laurent Bouhnik, Hélène Zimmer and Léticia Belliccini can be seen with the full uncut version of the film released on DVD and Blu-ray through AX1 Films.

Q is also available on VOD.