At the heart of “Body Electric“ – Marcelo Caetano’s first movie as feature director – is a 23-year-old gay man who hasn’t figured out what he wants out of life.
Elias (Kelner Macêdo) is a handsome 23-year-old working as an assistant manager in a small clothing factory.
He’s very popular with other members of the staff. Elias sees his fellow employees not just as co-workers but as friends, and they all spend lots of time around each other after work. They’re all extremely close, so it’s no surprise that Elias often crosses work boundaries to develop a more intimate relationship with some of his subordinates.
The film focuses on Elias and his circle of friends & lovers. The result is a movie that takes place primarily at social events such as parties, and beach houses, and intimate conversations after sex.
While watching, it’s apparent that Caetano was interested more in the energy of his characters than in telling a traditional story. There is no character development. No “progress” is made by Elias throughout the film. Instead, Body Electric spend time capturing everyday life experiences. Between the mundane moments, fleeting connections, and happy times there’s plenty to appreciate and relate to when watching this LGBT feature.
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