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77 Ratings

The King's Body

O Corpo de Afonso

Directed by João Pedro Rodrigues
Portugal, 2012
Short, Avant-Garde


Celebrated Portuguese auteur João Pedro Rodrigues (To Die Like a Man) enlists a group of musclemen for this brilliant and idiosyncratic inquiry into his country’s centuries-old fascination with the legendary king Afonso Henriques.

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The King's Body Directed by João Pedro Rodrigues

Critics reviews

There’s an affectingly Warholian tinge to these micro-portraits of exotic dancers, bodybuilders, carpenters and teachers modeling with earnest cluelessness for Rodrigues, and, at just over 30 minutes, the filmmaker’s queering joke on Portugal’s mythical body politic doesn’t wear out its welcome.
September 17, 2013
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While there is an impressive serialism to Rodrigues’ presentation of these men and their performances… one gets the sense that once The King’s Body was conceived, its realization was something of an afterthought. While individual men are unique in their presentation of self, and their rippled bodies are something to behold, this is a piece that doesn’t really offer a great deal of cinematic pleasure. And that’s something I never expected to write about a João Pedro Rodrigues film.
September 08, 2013
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Beginning as an investigation into the collective memory of the past, it doesn’t take long for the film to become a portrait of the present as each of the men describe their lives, a fair number of which are affected by the economic crisis. The ironic clash between the mythic imagery of the king and these strong yet vulnerable characters is touching, and raises questions about the intersection of history and personal identity.
September 06, 2013
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