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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:

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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Official submission of Argentina for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 80th Academy Awards in 2008. See more »

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In the scene that Alex, Alvaro and Vando are smoking and drinking by the fire, Alex and Vando stay up to pee while the camera shows a quiet Alvaro. For a moment, you can still hear the sound of the liquid moving inside the bottle as if he was drinking, while the camera shows that he is sitting still and the bottle is on the ground. See more »

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Alex: What do you regret the most? Not seeing me again, or not having seen it?
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Cruel and Heartbreaking Movie about Coming of Age, Rejection, Sexuality and Choices
21 October 2012 | by Claudio CarvalhoSee all my reviews

In a small coastal town of fishermen in Uruguay, the biologist Kraken (Ricardo Darín) works and lives in a house at the sea side with his wife Suli (Valeria Bertuccelli) and their aggressive fifteen year-old daughter Alex (Inés Efron).

When Suli welcomes her former best friend Erika (Carolina Peleritti) that comes with her husband, the surgeon Ramiro (Germán Palacios) and their teenage son Alvaro (Martín Piroyansky) 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.

"XXY" is a cruel and heartbreaking movie about coming of age, rejection, sexuality and choices. Alex has loving parents but is rejected by the locals and is not sure about her sexuality while Alvaro is gay, rejected by his father and also a confused teenager. The story is very well developed and supported by magnificent performances.

For those like me that do not understand the title "XXY", I searched in Internet and found in Wikipedia that "Klinefelter's Syndrome, 47, XXY, or XXY syndrome is a condition in which a human has an extra X chromosome. While females have an XX chromosomal makeup, and males an XY, affected individuals have at least two X chromosomes and at least one Y chromosome." However, Alex is clearly hermaphrodite and the article does not mention this medical condition for XXY Males. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "XXY"


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