Lucia Puenzo's drama XXY probes the psychological aftereffects that adolescent transsexuality can yield. With a name easily applicable to either gender, young teenager Alex's (Ines Efron) hermaphroditic physiology causes a massive identity crisis and severe emotional withdrawal. The problems create social problems in the family's home of Argentina and virtually force Alex and his/her sympathetic parents, Kraken (Ricardo Darín) and Suli (Valeria Bertuchelli) to move to nearby Uruguay, at a point when Alex wrestles with the throes of puberty. The situation grows increasingly complex when several friends of the family arrive: marrieds Erika (Carolina Pelereti) and Ramiro (German Palacios), a plastic surgeon, and their adolescent son, Alvaro (Martin Piroyanski), whom Alex instantly propositions for sex. As Alex battles some local punks who try unsuccessfully to rape him/her (saved at the last minute by Kraken), Alvaro finally accepts Alex's promptings for intercourse and comes to a gradual realization of his own gayness. Meanwhile, the rift between the adults and the youth widens with increasing rapidity. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
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I found myself enjoying all of the subtle choices the characters made, from how he accepts the necklace from her but doesn't feel compelled to wear it, to him going after her a number of times when most people would have been afraid or think it wasn't "right".
The film had that quality where i find myself asking "What would the world be like if there were more ...... like this?". In this case, it's more people willing to listen to life and allow it to unfold.
The acting is great. I love Ricardo (actor). I am impressed with how much Ms. Puenzo (director) has accomplished in her young years.
Very touching story. I was thrown a curve ball when I saw the, "Oh hell. That just did not happen" moment. The good acting too. One movie I won't forget. If you like foriegn films then you'll like this one. Awards well deserved.
Oh Hell no. Do not be fooled -- this film is slow.... awkward and not sexy at all. I don't get Film Movement -- I have rented several of their films and haven't liked any of them. Please explain what people find good about this film...