Querelle (1982)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 31, 1982
DVD Release Date: July 10, 2001
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Vincent Canby
New York Times

Except for some things that Miss Moreau does, Querelle is not only humorless but also uncharacteristically witless.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Stays faithful to Genet's lurid poetry.

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

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.

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TV Guide

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.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A sour melodrama

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's probably worth a look only for Fassbinder's most die-hard fans.

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Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

A real debacle.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Fassbinder's last work only proves that he wasn't really in tune with Genet's vision to adapt one of his stories, since this is only a… More
Robert C
Not a film for everyone, but a film that I would recomend to anyone who is a fan of film. If that makes sense? There is SO much going on in this film that… More
Christian C
It's as if Andre Gide directed a film written by Tom of Finland and cast by the Village People. Striking visuals. Avant garde, to say the least!
_kelly .King
I don't know if this film is as great as I think it is or if the director is being just the right amount of pretentious to come off as profound. After a… More
Matheus Carvalho
A director's wicked sexual fantasies writen in Shakesperian terms and photographed in lush Technicolor hues. A shame the characters' only motivations… More
jay nixon
Pretentious as hell and somewhat disjointed but has its moments.