Synopsis: 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...
Genre: Drama
Production: Gaumont
  4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

The thought of murder

often evokes thoughts...

of the sea and of sailors.

What naturally follows

thoughts of the sea and murder...

is the thought

of love or sexuality.

Hey! Closing time!

Didn't you understand me, Robert?

It's closing time!

Then lock the door.

Robert is staying with me.

What did you say?

You heard me.

Robert is staying here with me tonight.

What do you think of that?

Of what?

After all, she's still your wife.

You think I should be jealous?

- It would be normal.

- Maybe, but what's normal?

We got a deal:

Lysiane does what she feels like...

and leaves me free

to do what I want, understand?

That's important for me.

- Chicago!

- Indeed.

Anyway, I want to read his cards.

Right, kiddo?

Hope you know

what you're doing.

You know

I know what I want.

You've lost, Mario.

Then let's have another drink.

You have a brother?

So what?

You never mentioned him.

Why should I?

You're very much alike,

aren't you?

That's what other people say...

but it isn't true.

Querelle is a sailor.

Maybe it's true.

And you love one another...

more than you'd like to.


We're brothers...

and that's all there is to it.

Why are you shaking your head?

I don't know why...

but your brother

is in great danger.

In danger?

What kind of danger?

In danger of...

finding himself.

It's difficult to

brush past those shoulders...

profiles, curls...

those strong and supple boys...

without imagining them

capable of murder.

Finally, land.

And broads!

Juicy cunts. Hot and wet.

- Have you been in Brest before?

- Why?

Because they've got the raunchiest

whorehouse in the world.

The Feria.

Right. That's the name of the place.

Any of you guys know it?

- Yeah, but only from what I've heard.

- And what have you heard?

Nothing specific.

They say every trick has

to throw dice with the boss...

if he wants to catch a hooker.

Nono. That's the name

of the Feria boss.

That's right. Nono.

Why do they have to throw dice?

That's the rule.

When you win,

you get to have your pick.

When you lose, you have to

let the boss f*ck you first.


Really, and I'm damn sure there's plenty

of guys who kinda like losing.

- If it turns them on.

- So what?

Once I have suffered the solitude

caused by my peculiarity long enough...

it may be that naked

I will hold these boys...

who shatter me with their

audacity and strength, against my body.

Though I hardly dare believe it.

With tears in my eyes,

I thank God for granting me this bliss.

My tears soften me.

I melt with their wetness

on my cheeks. I toss.

I roll in waves

of tenderness for these boys...

and their hard, shallow cheeks.

Querelle's great passion

is his own body in repose.

It is as if he's reflecting

himself in his own image.

He's looking at himself

as if through a magnifying glass.

He's scrutinizing the minute events

like an etymologist.

But how shining is his body

in the glory of his proud movements?

Your boots, sir.

Leave them there.

Anything else, sir?

No, thank you.

Since they themselves

wished to deny it...

the strange resemblance

of the two brothers...

seemed attractive only to others.

They met only in the evenings,

as late as possible...

in the one bed of a room...

near the one in which

their mother had lived in poverty.

Perhaps they met again

in their love for their mother...

but at such a deep level...

that they could not see it at all.

How long have you been in Brest?

Since yesterday.

Never thought

I'd run into you here.

I'm the lover

of the boss, Lysiane...

and have been

for the last six months.

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Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Rainer Werner Fassbinder (German: [ˈʁaɪ̯nɐ ˈvɛɐ̯nɐ ˈfasˌbɪndɐ]; 31 May 1945 – 10 June 1982) was a West German filmmaker, actor, playwright and theatre director, who was a catalyst of the New German Cinema movement. Although Fassbinder's career lasted less than fifteen years, he was extremely productive. By the time of his death, Fassbinder had completed over forty films, two television series, three short films, four video productions, and twenty-four plays, often acting as well as directing. Fassbinder was also a composer, cameraman, and film editor. Fassbinder died on 10 June 1982 at the age of 37 from a lethal cocktail of cocaine and barbiturates. more…

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