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  • Summary: 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, 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, Alvaro (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)
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    As finely crafted as a great work of literature.
  2. 88
    The shots are beautifully composed, the editing paces the process of self-discovery, the dialogue is spare and heartfelt, the performances are deeply human -- especially by Efron.
  3. 83
    The word "hermaphrodite" is never actually uttered, for instance, and the whole topic is revealed obliquely, mostly through the puzzled eyes of Alvaro. Most impressively, a tale that could have been handled with condescending simplicity becomes a testament to the flawed but noble humanity of both parents and children.
  4. XXY is, in the best possible sense of the word, an awkward film.
  5. If XXY is imagistically too programmatic (a scene of carrots being sliced is typical of its Freudian heavy-handedness) and devoid of humor, it never seems pruriently exploitative. It sustains an unsettling mood of ambiguity that lingers long after the final credits.
  6. 70
    Picture has more in common with standard child-parent conflict dramas than it would probably care to admit, but its sensitive treatment of an equally sensitive theme elevates it into something memorable.
  7. The genitally ambiguous as well as transsexuals and gay people deserve more than XXY's good intentions.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Oct 17, 2011
    XXY works on so many levels. It intelligently debates a highly contentious issue, it's an emotional teenage drama, and it's a story of finding acceptance, not just with the world, but with yourself. The film approaches a scarcely discussed subject - that of the intersex. It deals with this difficult topic in a relatively matter-of-fact way - it's as much a story about an adolescent coming of age and feeling comfortable in their own skin as it is about being born different to the majority of the world. Thankfully, the film is never patronising or overly sentimental, and leaves it open for viewers to make their own judgements about the complex and divisive issues being raised. Ines Efron is absolutely captivating in the lead role of Alex, and it is very easy to invest in her as a character and appreciate the gravity of the life-changing decisions she is about to make. Ricardo Darin is also exceptional as Alex's ever-proud and supporting father. There is also a very distinctive look to the film - cool hues and frequent visual cues linked to the sea and marine life give the film a sombre tone with a strong philosophical underpinning. The visuals, while distinctive, never detract from the focus of the film - character. We never lose sight of the inner (and outer) termoil of Alex and her family, and the journey all the film's characters go through is highly memorable. Irrespective of its subject matter, XXY is a fine example of thoroughly engaging and thoughtful filmmaking. Expand

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