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XXy (2008)

Ricardo Darin , German Palacios , Lucia Puenzo  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Ricardo Darin, German Palacios, Jean Pierre Reguerraz, Ines Efron, Martin Piroyanski
  • Directors: Lucia Puenzo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Film Movement
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BMN35K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,440 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "XXy" on IMDb

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A delicate, emotionally potent Argentine drama. --Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

Raw-edged and moving...thoroughly nuanced... a tough, engaging, extremely touching work of cinema. --Hollywood Reporter

XXY fully deserves the honor it has received already as the 2008 Cannes Film Critics Weeks Grand Prix winner... see it not only because it works as an exquisitely tendered emotional experience, but also because it is the first cinematic treatment in fictional form of a taboo-breaking ticklish subject. --Andrew Sarris, The New York Observer

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For just about everybody, adolescence means having to confront a number of choices and life decisions, but rarely any as monumental as the one facing 15 year-old Alex (Ines Efron) who was born an intersex child. As Alex begins to explore her sexuality, he

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Life Determining Conflict: Who Am I? October 27, 2008
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Why do I have to choose?' October 8, 2008
By Elliot
15 year old Alex (Inés Efron) was born intersex; she resembles a female (and takes hormones to enhance this), but has male genitals. As she has grown older, her parents moved her from her home in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to an isolated fishing village on the coast of Uruguay, to avoid the questions of friends and relatives. Her mother is desperate for her to become wholly female, and invites a plastic surgeon (along with his wife and son) to their village to discuss surgical options. The son, Alvaro (Martin Piroyansky), is questioning his own sexuality...which becomes all the more confused as he and Alex grow attracted to one another.

XXY (Spanish, English subtitles) deals with age-old themes (social stigma, parental conflict, societal demands for sexual conformity) in a refreshing context. What does it mean to be 'male' or 'female'? Is the pressure to choose one gender or another innate, or socially-enforced? Are the neuroses that young people suffer wholly attributable to parental desire for social orthodoxy? A post-op female-to-male acquaintance of Alex's father advises: "Making her afraid of her body is the worst thing you can do to a child"...(oddly reminiscent of Van Dijk's classic quote: "Sexuality is something granted to everyone, and to teach a child to abstain from this evident intimacy is perhaps the first form of sexual violence to which it is subjected"). XXY does not seek to resolve these (perhaps unresolvable) questions, but does an excellent job of casting light onto such neglected areas of social life.

The acting is remarkable for what must have been challenging roles; completely natural and unselfconscious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Making choices when there is no choice September 26, 2008
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Being adolescent is hard enough. This film touches up on much more complex issues. What can parents do to help their child choose his/her sex when that child has both? When a person is born with both sexual organs, most parents decide the sex of the child shortly after birth. But Alex's parents felt that is should be their child who should decide their sex. Alex is raised as a girl. But puberty is bringing some hard decision for Alex, her friends and family. Shall Alex remain a girl and have an operation to remove her other organ? This would be easier to answer is Alex knew her sexual preference. She feels she is a boy but there is a fragility in her that is very obvious. There is a moment in a film that I found heartbreaking. Alex sits with her closest friends: high school girlfriend who is sexually active,intrigued and not frightened about Alex's body; Alex's best friend from the local schoool who was stunned to discover that Alex is not just an ordinary girl. Alex's accidental lover, a slightly older boy who discovers after being with Alex that he is really gay - to the shock of his own parents. The bravest decision Alex can make is to acknowledge publicly what she is, not have any surgeries and let time show on who her live partner will be as the time goes by when she can sort out her own emotions. This film is like no other film I have seen so far. It will get you thinking about how complex human sexuality and our emotions really are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Your film is HONEST October 2, 2009
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A letter to Lucía Puenzo:

Dear Lucia, thank you for your amazing film XXY. I just finished watching it on DVD and I am truly moved not only by your artistry and confidence in filmmaking but also by the subject you so sensitively depict. You created an immense emotional human drama from a taboo subject.

Fortunately social norms are in constant change, but we are still living with so many stigmatized topics from the past, and films like yours bring a great contribution to slowly but surely erase society's negative behavior about unusual or dissimilar people. We are all human beings made of the same stuff.

Your film is HONEST. You succeeded to create a non-exploitive wonderful film encouraging us to be sensitive to each other, understand and enjoy the diversity this noble nature is offering. The major characters in your film are interesting, different and talented, young Alex and Alvaro are convincing and touching.

I will cherish this film for a long, long time to come. I will recommend to all my friends and eagerly waiting for your next creation. You are a talented artist.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty Born From Pain
The excellent cast of XXY help focus a cinematic eye on an intersexed teen. The film's perspective is delicate, but doesn't skirt truth. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sasha
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie
XXY is a poignant film that I have now watched several times; thank you for making it available to me.
Published 2 months ago by robt. page
3.0 out of 5 stars Art House Extremity
The opening credit sequence for Lucia Puenzo's 2007 xxy consists of either deep sea or intrauterine life forms, floating and pulsing in a formless void. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Oliver Conant
5.0 out of 5 stars Empowering Dad says "It's your choice to make"
This is a well done movie concerning a morphologically intersexed adolescent, his reaction and the reaction of others of his status. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Dr. G. Sparks Lunney
5.0 out of 5 stars Is it really necessary to choose?
As the gay rights movement becomes stronger around the world, it is becoming clear that for some, the issue of gender identity is greater than that of where they are... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Charles Ashbacher
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the right delivery system for this message, or, How about a little...
XXY (a/k/a "XXy", 2007, 85 minutes, in VERY bad Spanish with subtitles) is perhaps one of the most disgusting films I have ever seen, precisely because it pretends to deal with a... Read more
Published 17 months ago by E. Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating exploration of teen identity
"Who am I" is a question adolescents (and many adults) constantly ask themselves. XXy sympathetically follows a teenage girl on a journey of self-discovery.
Published 18 months ago by edbeat
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional artistry
Simple but brilliant movie in this niche. 2 thumbs up! A look into the life an conflicts of an intersection/TG teen. Read more
Published 19 months ago by KyaB
4.0 out of 5 stars xxy
very interesting outlook of one of life's wonders in genes and sexuality. I enjoyed the film for its realism and for its well written script. Read more
Published on June 19, 2012 by GusfromSpace
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, sensitive & visionary - a must see!
XXY is a sensitive and poignant portrayal of the issues facing intersex people. The issues raised for both the intersexed person and their families, the callousness of the medical... Read more
Published on February 5, 2012 by Judy Croome
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