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Querelle

Querelle (1982)

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Critic Reviews: 1
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A sailor learns to take, and give, it like a man in this surrealistic adaptation of writer and thief Jean Genet's novel Querelle de Brest by avant-garde German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. In a colorful brothel in the port of Brest, proprietor Nono (Gunther Kaufmann) is known for wagering with his customers. Win a throw of the dice, and they get to make love with his wife, Lysiane (Jeanne Moreau); lose, and they must take it from behind by Nono himself. One day, Lysiane reads the tarot for

Jul 10, 2001

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Except for some things that Miss Moreau does, Querelle is not only humorless but also uncharacteristically witless.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Because the film is an experiment, it often seems disjointed or incomprehensible, but more than anything it marks a radical turning point in narrative filmmaking.

September 18, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's probably worth a look only for Fassbinder's most die-hard fans.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Stays faithful to Genet's lurid poetry.

May 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A sour melodrama

August 20, 2004 Full Review
Spirituality and Practice

A real debacle.

July 29, 2004

Doubtless not a masterpiece, the movie nevertheless puts words, sounds, and images on screen, with welcome creative energy, that have never paraded there before -- or, if in fact they're always on screen, never before so openly.

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
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Audience Reviews for Querelle

Fassbinder's last work only proves that he was so not in tune with Genet's vision to adapt one of his stories, since this is but a convoluted, aimless mess packed with ridiculous pseudo-poetic dialogue and unable to make you feel any connection with its characters.
September 17, 2013
blacksheepboy

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A director's wicked sexual fantasies writen in Shakesperian terms and photographed in lush Technicolor hues. A shame the characters' only motivations seem to be following their hormonal instincts and find revenge and redemption through screwing.
October 8, 2011
Matheus Carvalho

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Not a film for everyone, but a film that I would recomend to anyone who is a fan of film. If that makes sense?

There is SO much going on in this film that repeated views are necessary to really appreciate it all.

While the subject matter may be uncomfortable for some (no pun intended), the underlying theme's should be pause for thought for anyone who dares to examine them. Which is something that I always look for in a film and am thrilled on the rare ocassion when I find it.
December 24, 2008
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Robert C

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I don't know if this film is as great as I think it is or if the director is being just the right amount of pretentious to come off as profound.

After a few more views, I will write more on this film (and the rating will certainly change).
December 24, 2008
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