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Querelle is a sailor on shore leave in the French port of Brest. Following an argument, in which he stabs and kills his drug-smuggling partner, he seeks shelter in a nearby brothel. There he befriends the predatory madam, Lysiane, who leads him into his first homosexual encounter. From then on Querelle embarks upon a voyage of highly charged and sometimes violent sexual self-discovery that will transform him forever from the man he once was...
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Except for some things that Miss Moreau does, Querelle is not only humorless but also uncharacteristically witless."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Stays faithful to Genet's lurid poetry."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Doubtless not a masterpiece, the movie nevertheless puts words, sounds, and images on screen, with welcome creative energy, that have never paraded there before -- or, if in fact they're always on screen, never before so openly."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Because the film is an experiment, it often seems disjointed or incomprehensible, but more than anything it marks a radical turning point in narrative filmmaking."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A sour melodrama"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"It's probably worth a look only for Fassbinder's most die-hard fans."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A real debacle."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
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