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Querelle (1982)

R  |   |  Drama  |  8 September 1982 (France)
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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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Lieutenant Seblon
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Lysiane
Laurent Malet ...
Roger Bataille
Hanno Pöschl ...
Robert / Gil
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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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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

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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

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8 September 1982 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Kerel  »

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

Reportely, source novelist Jean Genet did not see the film, apparently once saying this was because "you can't smoke at the movies". See more »

Quotes

Narrator: And humility can only be born of humiliation, otherwise it is nothing but vanity.
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Referenced in Friends Forever (1987) 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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Fractal filthy fun
13 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this in the theater when it was first released and it remains my favorite Fassbinder film. I frequently find Fassbinder quite preachy, but with Querelle, he just lets the action unfold like a contagious disease infecting the viewer's mind with its rapturous toxins. If the director had tried to turn Genet's "novel" into a linear story, it would have been a disaster. Instead, it's a bizarre mishmash of voice-over narration, written narration and strange, almost ritualized acting. And it's far more erotically charged than any porn film. The visuals, particularly Brad Davis, are so superbly composed that nothing else really matters. Except, of course, Jeanne Moreau singing "Each Man Kills The Thing He Loves". Fassbinder makes a compelling argument that sex and violence go together as well as cake and ice cream. If you don't love perversion for its own sake, this won't be the film for you.


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