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3.7
1,441 Ratings
23
May

XXY

directed by Lucía Puenzo
Argentina, 2007
  • 86
  • Spanish
  • English

Synopsis

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…

Our take

Critics’ Week, a parallel festival in Cannes, exclusively showcases new filmmakers, and they bestowed their 2007 grand prize on this Argentinian first feature by Lucía Puenzo. An impressive debut, and a highlight of the festival for its deep sensitivity towards the young and naïve.