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XX/XY (2002)

Three friends begin a dangerous three-way relationship that spirals out of control, leading to dire consequences that haunt them ten years later.

Director:

Austin Chick

Writer:

Austin Chick

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Ruffalo ... Coles
Maya Stange ... Sam
Kathleen Robertson ... Thea
Kel O'Neill ... Sid
Ben Tolpin ... Guy at College Party
William Keeler William Keeler ... Boss
Paula Roth Paula Roth ... Mom
Lee Cobb Lee Cobb ... Stepfather
Zach Shaffer ... Nick
John A. MacKay John A. MacKay ... Mitchell
Tommy Nohilly ... Undercover Cop
Jeff Ward ... Stunt Cop #1
Keith Siglinger Keith Siglinger ... Stunt Cop #2
Evan Neumann ... Guy Who Asks for His $ Back (as Evan Neuman)
Petra Wright ... Claire
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Storyline

When two college students, Sam and Thea, meet Coles at a party, their mutual attraction is immediate, leading to a passionate and awkward night together, and the onset of an intensely charged bond. As they continue to push the sexual boundaries of their friendship, however, they are tested by Sam and Coles' incipient romance and Thea's increasing recklessness, until the relationship dissolves amid a cloud of fear, resentment and mistrust. Eight years later they reunite. An animator for a high-profile ad agency, Coles now lives with Claire, his girlfriend of five years. Thea is happily married to Miles, with whom she owns a flourishing restaurant. And Sam has just returned to Manhattan after working in London where she recently broke off her engagement. Yet upon reconnecting, the three are drawn back into the complicated dynamic that defined their relationship from the start and are forced to confront the true meaning of commitment and love. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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There's no room for honesty in a healthy relationship...

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, language, and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 2003 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Coles und die Frauen See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,089, 13 April 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$103,874, 15 June 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A married couple that Director Austin Chick knew, were so affected by the emotional repercussions of their friend's film, that they started divorce proceedings shortly after seeing it. See more »

Quotes

Guy who asks for his $ back: I saw your picture once in filmmaker magazine and I saw your movie.
Coles: Oh, yeah.
Guy who asks for his $ back: Yeah, I really didn't like it much.
Coles: Uh, I'm sorry.
Guy who asks for his $ back: I was kind of wondering, can I have my money back?
Coles: Um, you know that ticket you bought, I didn't get any of that money. It all went to the distributor and executive producers. I didn't see a dime.
Guy who asks for his $ back: But you made it, you're responsible.
Coles: What was it, eight bucks?
Guy who asks for his $ back: Nineteen. I took a girl. She didn't like it at all either. She said she thought it was morally reprehensible, ...
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Referenced in ABSigne: An Alphabetical Portrait of Signe Baumane (2011) See more »

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Love Lies Bleeding
Written by Rupert Keiller and Adrian Cartwright
Performed by Sonicanimation
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Published by Festival Music Publishing, Australia ASCAP
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Better Than Expected
7 May 2006 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

Three college-age swingers "get together" for some fun, and in the course of a few months grow emotionally close to each other. The central character is Coles (Mark Ruffalo), a libertine who draws artwork and wants to be a filmmaker. The two women are attractive, and as arty and modern in outlook as Coles. But over time, the three drift apart. Five years later Coles and one of the ladies cross paths, which sparks a reunion between the three, together with their current mates. "XX/XY" is a cinematic study in growing up, making decisions, and accepting responsibility for those decisions.

The screenplay is weak, with a mediocre premise, an Act Two that dawdles and meanders, and dialogue that is not memorable. Still, the overall acting is strong enough to overcome the screenplay, and render a film that is mildly entertaining and engaging. It's certainly better than what I had expected.

The film's cinematography is not remarkable, but it's not bad either. I don't recall a film with so many close-up shots. It's as if the director wanted to emphasize that the film is a character study, by zooming in close to each of the main characters, over and over and over. I could have wished for more variety in camera techniques.

Also, given the romantic angle of the story and the arty personalities, I could have wished for a more bohemian cinematic style, along the lines of "Plein soleil"(1960), with dazzling colors and music, and more flair in production design. The apparent low budget of "XX/XY" renders a style that is somewhat pedestrian and bland.

But as is, "XX/XY" is not a bad film. It's worth at least a one time visit, especially for youthful viewers still searching for themselves and not yet committed to any particular path in life.


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