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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
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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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8 September 1982 (France)  »

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DEM 4,400,000 (estimated)
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The film was made and released about thirty-five years after its source novel "Querelle de Brest" by Jean Genet had been first published in 1947. See more »

Quotes

Lysiane: [singing] Each man kills the thing he loves!
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Referenced in The Living End (1992) See more »

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Each Man Kills The Things He Loves
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Lyrics by Oscar Wilde
Music by Peer Raben
Performed by Jeanne Moreau
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Queer Masterpiece
20 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jean Genet's queer theory is still cutting edge and controversial. The film version can't begin to encompass all the ideas in the novel, but it stands on its own. This film is stylized and poetic, raw and crass. Tenderness and brutality blend until you can't tell one from the other. Betrayal becomes an act of affection. Submission is empowering.

Characters travel to extremes in their journeys of self discovery. One man seduces his young lover with lecherous statements about the boy's sister, "Imagine what I'd do to her if I were holding her like I'm holding you right now." The same man later rants in a bar, "I'm all man!!! I even f*** guys!" This dichotomy of gender-play and defiant same-sexuality is at the root of Genet's queer theory. Even someone with no knowledge of Genet's philosophy will be struck by its power in this film.


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