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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:

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

$3,241, 4 May 2008

Gross USA:

$48,334

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,728,869
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although in the movie Alex (Inés Efron) is 15 years old, the actress was 22. 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 »

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Alex: The turtle will live but never be free.
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A Life Determining Conflict: Who Am I?
27 October 2008 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

The chromosomal abnormality of XXY has been labeled as Klinefelter's Syndrome, hermaphroditism, and Intersex. The 'conception' defect results in a child with both male and female organs and when detected at birth usually results in a decision between physicians and parents to surgically alter the child to be one or the other phenotypic assignments - male or female. In this remarkably sensitive film based on a short story 'Cinismo' by Sergio Bizzio and adapted for the screen by writer/director Lucía Puenzo, XXY becomes a story of understanding and acceptance of a diagnosis by both child and parents and the conflicts such gender variation can present.

Alex (Inés Efron) is the XXY patient of the story, having been raised on the isolated coastline of Uruguay as a girl with the aid of supplemental hormones until age 15, the age when her loving Argentinean parents Kraken (Ricardo Darín) and Suli (Valeria Bertuccelli) have decided she should have her 'offending member' removed, allowing her to become a completely phenotypic female. Alex is deeply conflicted about her situation, refuses to take her medications and enjoys being 'one of the boys' in secret. When Alex's parents invite their surgeon friend Ramiro (Germán Palacios) and his wife Erika (Carolina Pelleritti) to their home to advise them on the surgical alternatives, they are accompanied by their artistic son Alvaro (Martín Piroyansky). There is an attraction between Alex and Alvaro and this ultimately results in a crisis that results in the coming of age and self-acceptance of both youngsters. Lucía Puenzo and her fine cast sensitively explore the interaction between parents and children and the coming to grips with choice of identity. This is yet another challenging and rewarding film from Argentina, one that stands alone as a fine movie, but one that also would be wise to add to the film libraries of high school and college students and of patient resource facilities who deal with problems of gender identity. Highly recommended. Grady Harp


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