Querelle (1982)



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Movie Info

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...

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


as Querelle

as Lieutenant Seblon

as Lysiane

as Roger Bataille

as Robert/Gil

as Marcellin

as Armenian

as Armenian

as Young Woman

as Young Woman

as Drunk Soldier

as Drunk Soldier

as Drunk Soldier

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


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

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.

Carlos Magalhães

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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