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…
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.
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.
A really haunting and complex character study across the board, not just of the central intersex protagonist. Really tackles the complexities of living between the sexes without ever falling into the trap of being judgemental or sentimental. Gorgeous coastal scenery too.
This film was so beautiful in so many ways, and incredibly bold with it. My ambition has been to direct for years now, but as I watching an intense kind of inspiration was filling me up.
A serious must see. :')
O filme é lindo. A fotografia, direção e principalmente a atuação. No roteiro o que mais chama a atenção é o espaço que os pais dão a Alex para a escolha. O lugar é muito bonito.. Faz o filme ficar mais interessante. 5 estrelas.
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.
Very good film with a great cast, however.....(SPOILER WARNING)...I have seen enough of films that paint LGBTQ people as "tragic". I want to see more films that celebrate people's individuality! This film started to do that, but ultimately veered towards a stereotypical ending.
Searing, beautiful film, and I was especially thankful for the emphasis on Alex not having/wanting/being able to choose which of the binaries to belong to. Also loved the unexpected power play and attitudes between characters according to their gender. However, I do wish that a real transman played the older guy that Alex's Dad goes to seek advice from, not a cis male actor.
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.