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XX/XY
     

XX/XY

Director: Austin Chick,

Cast: Austin Chick, Mark Ruffalo, Kathleen Robertson, Maya Stange

 

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Though XX/XY is a complex film about sexual relationships, the DVD from MGM doesn't have nearly the same depth. Granted, the image is quite good, but that is sadly its sole strong point. Both the 1.85:1 anamorphic and full-frame transfers are included, and they look remarkably good, though at time the transfer certainly shows the restraints of a lower budget.

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Though XX/XY is a complex film about sexual relationships, the DVD from MGM doesn't have nearly the same depth. Granted, the image is quite good, but that is sadly its sole strong point. Both the 1.85:1 anamorphic and full-frame transfers are included, and they look remarkably good, though at time the transfer certainly shows the restraints of a lower budget. Colors are nicely reproduced, and while it's a fairly dark motion picture, the black levels are constantly strong. Detail isn't the high point of the visuals, but the lack thereof is never enough of a distraction. The sound, which is only a two-channel surround track, doesn't have much life to it, and occasionally seems to be recorded too low, but dialogue is generally intelligible, which is good enough for this independent film. Where the disc suffers is in regard to supplements. While a commentary from director Austin Chick or a documentary could have enhanced the depth of this film, only the theatrical trailer and a spot for the Showtime series Dead Like Me are included.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
The idea of Nowhere and Splendor star Kathleen Robertson playing yet another ménage à trois participant, this time in a grown-up drama, may have given fans of the alternative ingenue pause. Indeed, distributors apparently thought XX/XY such a hard sell that the modest indie sat on the shelf for over a year before its brief theatrical run. That is a shame, for writer/director Austin Chick's solid debut is anything but an overheated Adrian Lyne epic or a belated entry in the 1990s Threesome/Three of Hearts oeuvre. Instead, it's a thoughtful and well-observed character study that, however slight, wears its wry humor well and earns its insights honestly. The early scenes, involving the chance coming together and inevitable coming apart of three artsy undergraduates in the early '90s, exhibit a wincingly unglamorous honesty about the less-than-sexy nature of collegiate sexual experimentation. The meat of the film, however, examines the retroactive emotional power that such experiences can accrue as adult responsibilities box in once-limitless possibilities. A coming-of-age saga for a class of privileged bohemians whose adolescence often extends well into middle age, XX/XY never falls back on romantic truisms as it examines the thorny ambivalence that comes with maturity. Chick's measured dialogue, elegiac tone, and subtle approach to social minutia belie his film's tiny budget and modest production values. For just one example of his script's quiet thoughtfulness, witness the shift of Robertson's character from jaded wild child to grounded wife -- perfectly believable, with no explanation necessary. Ultimately, hers is a supporting character beside Maya Stange's brittle, high-strung beauty and Mark Ruffalo's baffled, baffling man-child. All three principals, however, bring quiet power to well-crafted material that gently persuades rather than insists.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/29/2003
UPC:
0027616887436
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Time:
1:31:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer; English: Stereo Surround; English & Spanish language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mark Ruffalo Coles
Kathleen Robertson Thea
Maya Stange Sam
Petra Wright Claire
Kel O'Neill Sid
John Spafford Jonathon
Zach Shaffer Nick
Joey Kern Tommy
Evan Neumann Guy Who Asks for His $ Back
John A. MacKay Mitchell
David Thornton Miles

Technical Credits
Austin Chick Director,Screenwriter
William A. Anderson Editor
Pete Beaudreau Editor
Judy Becker Production Designer
Sarah Beers Costumes/Costume Designer
Uta Briesewitz Cinematographer
Terrence Dunlop Art Director
Lynn Geller Musical Direction/Supervision
Patrick Gittes Asst. Director
Robert Hein Sound/Sound Designer
Insects Score Composer
Ellen Parks Casting
Mitchell B. Robbins Executive Producer
Isen Robbins Producer
Aimee Schoof Producer
Jose Torres Sound/Sound Designer
Susan Welsh Co-producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title
2. Threesome
3. Fireworks
4. Party Girls
5. Q & A
6. Retribution
7. Tit for Tat
8. Moving On
9. Reunion
10. Love and Trust
11. Reminiscing
12. A Close Call
13. "What's Going On?"
14. Late Arrival
15. Caught in the Act
16. Cheers/End Credits
1. Main Title
2. Threesome
3. Fireworks
4. Party Girls
5. Q & A
6. Retribution
7. Tit for Tat
8. Moving On
9. Reunion
10. Love and Trust
11. Reminiscing
12. A Close Call
13. "What's Going On?"
14. Late Arrival
15. Caught in the Act
16. Cheers/End Credits

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