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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...


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Audience Reviews for Querelle

  • Jan 21, 2014
    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
  • Sep 16, 2013
    Fassbinder's last work only proves that he wasn't really in tune with Genet's vision to adapt one of his stories, since this is only a convoluted, aimless mess packed with ridiculous, pseudo-poetic dialogue and unable to make you feel any connection with its characters.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2011
    Robert(Hanno Poschl) receives a foreboding premonition from Lysiane(Jeanne Moreau) about his brother Querelle(Brad Davis). That proves eerily true when arriving in town, he makes a drug deal with Mario(Burkhard Driest), a crooked cop, that is brokered by Nono(Gunther Kaufmann), before killing a fellow sailor in a fight. Feeling lucky, Querelle makes a wager with Nono... With his last film, "Querelle," Rainer Werner Fassbinder goes out on a very, very odd note with a movie that even with its languorous pacing cannot maintain its focus for very long. I know that he was no stranger to homoeroticism in his films but here it is not that the characters are in denial about their sexuality but that they need to get in touch with their feelings. So, if things seem a little dreamlike, it is not your imagination with the deliberate artificiality of the sets, dueling narration, occasional title cards and anachronistic items like a video game and the tape recorder that Lieutenant Seblon(Franco Nero) uses to dictate his feelings about Querelle into. All of which might be explained by this being based on a novel by Jean Genet.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 01, 2011
    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 C Super Reviewer

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