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XXY (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 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.

Director:

Lucía Puenzo

Writers:

Lucía Puenzo (screenplay), Sergio Bizzio (short story "Cinismo")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ricardo Darín ... Kraken
Valeria Bertuccelli ... Suli
Germán Palacios Germán Palacios ... Ramiro
Carolina Pelleritti Carolina Pelleritti ... Erika (as Carolina Peleritti)
Martín Piroyansky ... Alvaro
Inés Efron ... Alex
Guillermo Angelelli Guillermo Angelelli ... Juan
César Troncoso ... Washington
Jean Pierre Reguerraz Jean Pierre Reguerraz ... Esteban
Ailín Salas Ailín Salas ... Roberta
Luciano Nóbile Luciano Nóbile ... Vando (as Luciano Martín Nóbile)
Lucas Escariz Lucas Escariz ... Saul
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Storyline

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 from Argentina to spend a couple of days with her family, Kraken learns of the real reason for their visit, for Ramiro to operate on Alex. The reason being that Alex was born with both male and female sex organs. During the visit Alex and Alvaro grow closer in attraction to one another and eventually have sexual intercourse which causes even more confusion for the both of them. This film follows this period of time in Alex's life as she deals with constant questions about her gender identification, a pursuit of love and how to cope with her uniqueness. Written by Myria Davis, United States of America

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Taglines:

Sex makes us men and women. Or both things. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Argentina | Spain | France

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

2 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

XXY See more »

Filming Locations:

Piriápolis, Maldonado, Uruguay

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

ARS 131,890 (Argentina), 12 June 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,241, 4 May 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$46,011, 17 October 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The name of the movie "XXY" is in reference to the homonymous condition. Also called "Klinefelter syndrome". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Alex: What do you regret the most? Not seeing me again, or not having seen it?
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" There is something wonderful about being different, but few are courageous enough to choose it "
17 September 2009 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

The world as we have come to know it has not changed in thousands of years. That which was seen as strange, bizarre and unusual in past eras, has come to be known as simply different, but nothing science cannot correct. In the modern world, medical wonders have become common place. Unfortunately, that goes for Freaks as well. Such strange and unusual people are still far from the 'Norm'. They are still vilified in such a way, that most people want to have themselves 'altered' to fit in so as not to frighten children or cause controversy. This film " XXY "is about a ' Hermaphrodite ' called Alex (Ines Efron) a fifteen year old girl who has decided not be surgically corrected into either a male or female. Her parents are deeply troubled with her decision as are her few friends. Her closest friend is a teenage boy named Alvaro (Martin Piroyansky) the son of a surgeon and his wife who have joined Alex's parents on a retreat to the beach. There, it is hoped, Alex will chose a gender which best suits her. Despite the fact that Alex feels drawn to Alvaro, she also is troubled as to why she feels it's wrong. The entire film is dedicated to her struggles. It's confrontational setting brings out the curious in neighborhood boys and girls and causes Alex to wonder if she would be better off dead. The film is very slow to develop, slower still to present a particular direction and hampered by juvenile editing and a static script. The ocean scenery fluctuate's like the constant change of setting and furtive characters with no real fixed direction. It does however create a modem amount of sympathy for the main character, who remains as elusive in her decision as her dark aspirations. A good film for an undemanding audience who desires what the main character wants, resolution. ****


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