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Querelle (1982)

Querelle (1982)





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Querelle is a sailor on shore leave in the French port of Brest. Following an argument, in which he stabs and kills his drug-smuggling partner, he seeks shelter in a nearby brothel. There he befriends the predatory madam, Lysiane, who leads him into his first homosexual encounter. From then on Querelle embarks upon a voyage of highly charged and sometimes violent sexual self-discovery that will transform him forever from the man he once was...more
Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jean Genet, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Burkhardt Driest, Burkhard Driest
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 10, 2001


Brad Davis
as Querelle
Franco Nero
as Lieutenant Seblon
Laurent Malet
as Roger Bataille
Hanno Pöschl
as Robert/Gil
Roger Fritz
as Marcellin
Harry Baer
as Armenian
Isolde Barth
as Young Woman
Y Sa Lo
as Young Woman
Robert Van Ackeren
as Drunk Soldier
Wolf Gremm
as Drunk Soldier
Frank Ripploh
as Drunk Soldier
Axel Bauer
as Worker
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Critic Reviews for Querelle

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

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

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 16, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 18, 2006
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

Stays faithful to Genet's lurid poetry.

Full Review… | May 18, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Querelle

Fassbinder's last work only proves that he was really 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.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


It's as if Andre Gide directed a film written by Tom of Finland and cast by the Village People. Striking visuals. Avant garde, to say the least!

Christian C

Super Reviewer


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.

Matheus Carvalho
Matheus Carvalho

Super Reviewer

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