Querelle Reviews

  • Sep 30, 2020

    In my Top 10 of the 80s and Top 10 Lgbt themed

    In my Top 10 of the 80s and Top 10 Lgbt themed

  • Alan
    Jun 23, 2019

    Absolutely Magnificent

    Absolutely Magnificent

  • Mar 09, 2018

    Jean Genet was a contraversial author and this is film version of one of his books, 'Querelle De Brest' was something of a groundbreaking shocker when it was first released in the early 1980s. The film was notorious as one of the first movies with an overtly homoerotic theme to achieve reasonable financial success at the box office. It concerns the exploits of the eponymous sailor Querelle who, while on shore leave in brest beomes embroiled in the seedy, underside of the city. he is trying to arrange a drug deal and bases himself in the local bar where his brother is engaged in an affair with the female owner. Her husband has a predatory relationship with the clients in the bar, playing dice to gamble on whether he beds them or not. During an argument, querelle murders his partner in crime and manages to frame a stevedore with whom he is having an affair for the crime. As a story, it is uncomfortable and morally suspect with none of the characters particularly likeable. They are all flawed and immoral but the saving grace is that querelle himself has a charisma and sexual dynamism that makes him an intriguing character. The whole mood of the film is highly stylised with a surreal, unnatural set bathed in a swelteringly hot orange glow. The language is not naturalistic and whole production feels like a filmed version of a theatre performance. This deliberate ploy by director Rainer Werner Fassbinder frequently pays off and makes the whole movie memorable and distinctive. It has, however, not aged well and this is largely due to the clunky editing and an initially moody score that quickly becomes tedious and intrusive. As the lead, Brad Davis looks the part but doesn't quite have the screen presence or gravitas to pull off the highly stylised dialogue and at times, it is quite obvious he doesn't have a clue what he is supposed to be talking about. Jeanne Moreau fares little better as the fragile but manipulative brothel keeper lysiane as, for me, she needs to show a lot more emotional brittleness when speaking. This film is not going to be for everyone, in fact, I'd go as far as to say most people will hate it. However, it has a place in movie history and gay movie history in particular and though it has been surpassed and bettered by subsequent movies dealing with similar themes, it is still deserves a chance.

    Jean Genet was a contraversial author and this is film version of one of his books, 'Querelle De Brest' was something of a groundbreaking shocker when it was first released in the early 1980s. The film was notorious as one of the first movies with an overtly homoerotic theme to achieve reasonable financial success at the box office. It concerns the exploits of the eponymous sailor Querelle who, while on shore leave in brest beomes embroiled in the seedy, underside of the city. he is trying to arrange a drug deal and bases himself in the local bar where his brother is engaged in an affair with the female owner. Her husband has a predatory relationship with the clients in the bar, playing dice to gamble on whether he beds them or not. During an argument, querelle murders his partner in crime and manages to frame a stevedore with whom he is having an affair for the crime. As a story, it is uncomfortable and morally suspect with none of the characters particularly likeable. They are all flawed and immoral but the saving grace is that querelle himself has a charisma and sexual dynamism that makes him an intriguing character. The whole mood of the film is highly stylised with a surreal, unnatural set bathed in a swelteringly hot orange glow. The language is not naturalistic and whole production feels like a filmed version of a theatre performance. This deliberate ploy by director Rainer Werner Fassbinder frequently pays off and makes the whole movie memorable and distinctive. It has, however, not aged well and this is largely due to the clunky editing and an initially moody score that quickly becomes tedious and intrusive. As the lead, Brad Davis looks the part but doesn't quite have the screen presence or gravitas to pull off the highly stylised dialogue and at times, it is quite obvious he doesn't have a clue what he is supposed to be talking about. Jeanne Moreau fares little better as the fragile but manipulative brothel keeper lysiane as, for me, she needs to show a lot more emotional brittleness when speaking. This film is not going to be for everyone, in fact, I'd go as far as to say most people will hate it. However, it has a place in movie history and gay movie history in particular and though it has been surpassed and bettered by subsequent movies dealing with similar themes, it is still deserves a chance.

  • Aug 26, 2015

    Visual de graphic novel pré '300' com semelhante temática violenta e erótica, porém, com mais lirismo e menos frases de efeito.

    Visual de graphic novel pré '300' com semelhante temática violenta e erótica, porém, com mais lirismo e menos frases de efeito.

  • May 17, 2015

    Amazingly weird, and yet seemingly aware of its own stilted staginess, with some of the most absurdly frank dialogue I've ever heard, especially from something made in the '80s. If you want to hear a guy talk about the shit that was on his cock after he fucked the main character in the ass (his words!) this movie is definitely for you. Though it may be bizarre and uncomfortable at times, and not always in a good way, it's never anything less than an interesting piece of art.

    Amazingly weird, and yet seemingly aware of its own stilted staginess, with some of the most absurdly frank dialogue I've ever heard, especially from something made in the '80s. If you want to hear a guy talk about the shit that was on his cock after he fucked the main character in the ass (his words!) this movie is definitely for you. Though it may be bizarre and uncomfortable at times, and not always in a good way, it's never anything less than an interesting piece of art.

  • Jan 30, 2015

    It's a disappointment considering that it was thought if anybody could crack the tough nut that is Jean Genet it would be Fassbinder. It was his last film and when he committed suicide shortly after finishing I was sincerely devastated. It's still something to see and many gay men consider it to be a very important moment in their young lives, and they're probably right.

    It's a disappointment considering that it was thought if anybody could crack the tough nut that is Jean Genet it would be Fassbinder. It was his last film and when he committed suicide shortly after finishing I was sincerely devastated. It's still something to see and many gay men consider it to be a very important moment in their young lives, and they're probably right.

  • Sep 29, 2014

    Genet has never been captured quite this well. It is easy to imagine him loving every moment of this adaptation. Surreal, homoerotic and angry -- it is hard film to forget or ignore. ...every man kills the thing he loves. A must see from the Queer Film Theory perspective.

    Genet has never been captured quite this well. It is easy to imagine him loving every moment of this adaptation. Surreal, homoerotic and angry -- it is hard film to forget or ignore. ...every man kills the thing he loves. A must see from the Queer Film Theory perspective.

  • Mar 17, 2014

    Surreal, and not leaden, but stiff with seriousness. Some would call it dark camp, but its theatre with a movie palette, to be seen like a book.

    Surreal, and not leaden, but stiff with seriousness. Some would call it dark camp, but its theatre with a movie palette, to be seen like a book.

  • Mar 03, 2014

    Few filmmakers could mix literary and homosexuality together into a loveless world like Fassbinder did. However, do we really need that? The stage dialogues are awkward to me somehow, not to mention the appalling sex scenes under the intentional technicolour.

    Few filmmakers could mix literary and homosexuality together into a loveless world like Fassbinder did. However, do we really need that? The stage dialogues are awkward to me somehow, not to mention the appalling sex scenes under the intentional technicolour.

  • Feb 16, 2014

    O aspecto teatral é envolvente e o filme é bastante poético e cru ao narrar a jornada de autodescoberta do marinheiro do título. Homoerotismo à flor da pele.

    O aspecto teatral é envolvente e o filme é bastante poético e cru ao narrar a jornada de autodescoberta do marinheiro do título. Homoerotismo à flor da pele.