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Querelle (1982)

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French sailor Querelle arrives in Brest and starts frequenting a strange whorehouse. He discovers that his brother Robert is the lover of the lady owner, Lysiane. Here, you can play dice ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lieutenant Seblon
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Lysiane
Laurent Malet ...
Roger Bataille
Hanno Pöschl ...
Robert / Gil
Günther Kaufmann ...
Nono
Burkhard Driest ...
Mario
Roger Fritz ...
Marcellin
Dieter Schidor ...
Vic Rivette
Natja Brunckhorst ...
Paulette
Robert van Ackeren ...
Betrunkener Legionär
Werner Asam ...
Arbeiter
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Mädchen
Axel Bauer ...
Arbeiter
Neil Bell ...
Theo
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Storyline

French sailor Querelle arrives in Brest and starts frequenting a strange whorehouse. He discovers that his brother Robert is the lover of the lady owner, Lysiane. Here, you can play dice with Nono, Lysiane's husband : if you win, you are allowed to make love with Lysiane, if you lose, you have to make love with Nono... Querelle loses on purpose... Written by Yepok

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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It will take you into a surreal world of passion and sexuality, further than most would dare to go. [Video Australia]

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Drama

Certificate:

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Release Date:

8 September 1982 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Kerel  »

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Budget:

DEM 4,400,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The picture in its first three weeks in theatrical release in Paris, France sold more than 100,000 tickets. According to "Genet: A Biography" (1993) by Edmund White, this was the first time that a film with such a strong gay theme had achieved this kind of box-office success. See more »

Quotes

Lysiane: [singing] Each man kills the thing he loves!
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Featured in The Wizard of Babylon (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Each Man Kills The Things He Loves
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Oscar Wilde
Music by Peer Raben
Performed by Jeanne Moreau
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Very personal
27 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Feels like Fassbinder is exploring the darker side of human psyche rater than being interested in some linear story-telling - and he is quite good at it. The chain of events which both leads and follows Querelle are surreal and fantastic. The theatrical tone over the picture only adds to the strong sensation of human behavior on the limit of madness and passion. Very demanding and interesting. Brad Davis is flawless in his portrayal of the lonely sailor. Burkhard Driest is also absolutely cut out for his sleazy yet fascinating character- a bribed and dirty cop who befriends Querelle not knowing that the sailor is responsible for the crimes he is investigating.


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