The difficulties of adolescence are particularly strong for the 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, with their 16-year-old son in tow…
Once in a while a film comes along that is difficult to simply analyze. Its characters are no longer characters, but people you simply give a fuck about. XXY is such a film I keep tucked away in some raging corner of my being.
I thought it was a beautiful portrayal of an awkward subject that in today's society calls for "normalization". Alex is confused, not sure if she identifies herself as male or female or is interested in men or women. She is simply herself. I didn't find the relations cold, only distant. No one else can relate to what she is going through, so they react the only way they know how.
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..
One of the first films I have seens which discusses intersex people. I like how the film goes against the typical view and procedure of intersex people to have surgery in order to fit into a particular social category. XXY has made me realise that the current way in which we look at gender and sex in inadequate.
I have a problem w/ its narrative centering on 'disclosure' or 'outing' of intersexuality. I also don't see the autonomy in Alex's character happening. She's always viewed thru a familial lens - the eye of the father, the mother. I don't think that's the best way to deal w/ a very complex subjectivity.