It's too bad the film ultimately succumbs to predictable melodramatic trappings. The early tentative friendship between Alex and Alvaro was so compelling that I really didn't care about the adults' struggle to come to terms with Alex' situation. Along the way Alex' point of view was lost and the film suffered greatly from it. Still, there are some truly affecting and heartbreaking moments here.
Film is a fine medium to inspire empathy for those on the fringe, and, sometimes, entering that type of thought-space can be uncomfortable and doleful. The story communicates this realm of sexually ambivalence well enough but its method is often heavy handed. I'm surprised more screen time was dedicated to the physical state rather than the finer emotional one. To the end, the camera is bent on seeing over feeling.
What this movie does well, it does very well; namely capturing the emotional struggles a family trying to navigate through an ambiguous juncture. But the technical aspects within the storytelling don't quite reach the same levels. The subplots are incomplete and muddled which unfortunately overshadows some really impressive acting and a very sincere handling of a subject we don't see enough of in film.
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.
A bit heavy handed at times (e.g the carrot chopping scene, the callous plastic surgeon vs the sensitive marine biologist) but in the end a satisfying movie about how emotionally healthy people deal with confusion and crisis. Alex was an especially powerful character, especially well acted. It is interesting that, because she/he was allowed to be fully sexual, we are allowed not to objectify her/him.
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.
Ines Efron is particularly outstanding as a 15-year old living through decisions and experiences at the limits of sexual and societal conventions. This is a moving, subtle and ultimately profoundly humane film about not only the issues surrounding the intersex condition, but also more universal complexities of adolescent love and desire and the pull of familial bonds and social responsibility.
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.
Somehow disappointing in that the punch of the story only lies in its subject matter- a conflict of gender- enough material to craft an eye-catching synopsis. However Lucia Puenzo does not add character, insight or soul to the film but plenty of meaningless silences, loose ends and futile posturism. Boys don't cry it ain't. It ain't much at all.
'Making her afraid of her own body is the worst thing you can do to your child.' This film may be about inter-sexuality, but it becomes about so much more. What does it mean to be a man or a woman? An adult or a child? Beautiful or ugly? A mixture of warmth and coldness made this beautifully shot drama an engrossing, but difficult watch. Sensitive, sometimes powerfully harsh, but thanks to Inés Efron, very watchable.