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, her mother invites friends from Buenos Aires to come for a visit at their house on the gorgeous Uruguayan shore, along with their 16-year-old son Álvaro (Martin Piroyanski). Alex is immediately attracted to the young man, which adds yet another level of complexity to her personal search for identity, and forces both families to face their worst fears. –Film Movement
Lucía Puenzo (born 28 November 1973) in Buenos Aires) is an Argentinian author and film director. She is the daughter of Luis Puenzo. She studied literature at the University of Buenos Aires followed by the National Film Institute (INCAA).
In 2007 Puenzo directed her first film XXY. The film won several awards including three awards at the 2008 Argentine Film Critics Association Awards and the 2008 Goya award for best for Best Spanish Language Foreign Film. —Wikipedia
I remember watching this back in 2007 and being quite stunned by it, I do need to see it again and I definitely need to check out more of Lucía Puenzo's work.
A very brave film, this... To agree to take on such a complex task of telling the story of a struggling hermaphrodite, and to succeed in telling that story - to evoke emotion, confusion, fear, pity in the audience - must require a great deal of effort... perhaps even emotional effort. And I believe Lucia Puenzo has done a fantastic job. And the accents are so great..
Actually, indeed does the name of the film XXY have to do with the topic of intersex. (Something mentioned in an earlier comment.)
XXY are the sex chromosomes that hermaphrodites have… read review