XXY (2007)

Unrated  |   |  Drama  |  2 May 2008 (USA)
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The story of an intersexual fifteen-year-old. She lives with her parents, who have to cope with the challenges of her medical condition.



(screenplay), (short story "Cinismo")
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Complete credited cast:
Valeria Bertuccelli ...
Germán Palacios ...
Carolina Pelleritti ...
Erika (as Carolina Peleritti)
Martín Piroyansky ...
Inés Efron ...
Guillermo Angelelli ...
Jean Pierre Reguerraz ...
Ailín Salas ...
Luciano Nóbile ...
Vando (as Luciano Martín Nóbile)
Lucas Escariz ...


In a small coastal town of fishermen in Uruguay, the biologist Kraken works and lives in a house at the sea side with his wife Suli and their aggressive fifteen year-old daughter Alex. When Suli welcomes her former best friend Erika that comes with her husband, the surgeon Ramiro and their teenage son Alvaro to spend a couple of days with her family, Kraken learns that his wife invited Ramiro to operate Alex. Meanwhile Alex and Alvaro feel attracted by each other; however, Alvaro finds that Alex is hermaphrodite and she finds that Alvaro is gay. But the troubled and outcast Alex has the right to choose what gender she wants for her. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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El sexo nos hace hombres y mujeres. O las dos cosas.




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2 May 2008 (USA)  »

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XXY  »

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$3,241 (USA) (2 May 2008)


$46,011 (USA) (17 October 2008)

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On September 27, 2007, XXY was chosen to represent Argentina at the Oscars, for the Best Foreign Language Film category. In a rare sweep, it was also chosen to represent Argentina at Spain's Goya Awards, for Best Foreign Film in Spanish. The tradition has been for two separate films to be sent to one of the awards each. The runner-up this year, in both cases, was La señal (2007), also starring (and co-directed by) Ricardo Darín. See more »


When Alex, Alvaro and Vando are smoking and drinking by the fire, you can see that Alex isn't actually smoking as no smoke comes out of her mouth. She doesn't even open her mouth after one of the puffs. See more »


Alex: I want to sleep with you because I'll never fall in love with you.
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Great movie but fictional - medical background on Klinefelter's Syndrome
11 January 2009 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I will not get into any comments on the movie despite the medical facts. I think other people can do and have done this better than me. I just want to say I loved this movie and for who is interested here are some facts why the story is fictional:

Alex seems to have both genders. She seems to have both - a vagina and a penis - and the doctors already noticed that before she was born. That is referred to as real hermaphroditism, but it is actually not a part of Klinefelter's syndrome, which is a so-called "pseudo-hermaphroditism". All children with an extra X chromosome in addition to XY (so 47,XXY-children) are BOYS. The Sex-determing Region of Y is making them develop to boys. So they won't have nor a vagina nor a uterus and until puberty they are usually not even diagnosed.

Boys with Klinefelter's Syndrome usually consult a doctor because of insufficient growth of the testes in puberty. Some get gynecomastia (breast development in boys) and stay with a high voice. The penis and hair usually develop normal.

So as long as they don't have a genetic abnormality on their Y-chromosome they won't be real hermaphrodites, which is a really rare condition anyway and comes along with the normal Karyotypes 46,XX or 46,XY in most cases.

Anyway it is a great movie! Enjoy!

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