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Querelle (1982)

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 »

Writers:

Jean Genet (novel), Rainer Werner Fassbinder (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Davis ... Querelle
Franco Nero ... Lieutenant Seblon
Jeanne Moreau ... Lysiane
Laurent Malet ... Roger Bataille
Hanno Pöschl Hanno Pöschl ... Robert / Gil
Günther Kaufmann ... Nono
Burkhard Driest Burkhard Driest ... Mario
Roger Fritz Roger Fritz ... Marcellin
Dieter Schidor Dieter Schidor ... Vic Rivette
Natja Brunckhorst ... Paulette (as Nadja Brunkhorst)
Robert van Ackeren ... Betrunkener Legionär (as Robert v. Ackeren)
Werner Asam Werner Asam ... Arbeiter
Isolde Barth ... Mädchen
Axel Bauer Axel Bauer ... Arbeiter
Neil Bell 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

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

West Germany | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1982 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Matrosen och stjärnan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM 4,400,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby (Dolby stereo)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The picture was first released posthumously after the its director Rainer Werner Fassbinder had passed away. The picture premiered at the end of August 1982 which was just about six weeks after Fassbinder's passing in mid-June of that year. See more »

Quotes

Lysiane: [singing] Each man kills the thing he loves!
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Referenced in Climax (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Young And Joyful Bandit
Music by Peer Raben
Vocals [Version Chantée Par] 'Günter Kaufmann'
Written By Jeanne Moreau
(P) Schlicht Musikverlage, 1982 RCA/Ciné Music
© Schlicht Musikverlage
Published and Licensed by Musikverlage Hans Wewerka
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Queer Masterpiece
20 February 2007 | by stephenrpearceSee 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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