XX/XY

Overview

A man finds himself having to decide between one of two women -- not once, but twice -- in this independent drama. In 1993, Coles Mark Ruffalo is a film student at Sarah Lawrence where he meets two fellow undergrads, Thea Kathleen Robertson and Sam Maya Stange. Coles and Sam come together and Thea fades out of the picture. In time, Sam tires of Coles' aimlessly hedonistic attitude, and they break up. Ten years later, Coles, after a failed career in feature films, is doing animation for an advertising agency and ...
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Overview

A man finds himself having to decide between one of two women -- not once, but twice -- in this independent drama. In 1993, Coles Mark Ruffalo is a film student at Sarah Lawrence where he meets two fellow undergrads, Thea Kathleen Robertson and Sam Maya Stange. Coles and Sam come together and Thea fades out of the picture. In time, Sam tires of Coles' aimlessly hedonistic attitude, and they break up. Ten years later, Coles, after a failed career in feature films, is doing animation for an advertising agency and living with his girlfriend, Claire Petra Wright; Thea helps run a successful restaurant with her husband, Miles David Thornton; and Sam, smarting from a bad breakup, returns to New York after several years in London. Coles runs into Sam and discovers he still has strong feelings for her, but has to decide if they're strong enough to break off his relationship with Claire. XX/XY was the first feature film from writer/director Austin Chick.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/2003
  • UPC: 883904128236
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD

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, Producer
Isen Robbins Producer
Aimee Schoof Producer
Jose Torres Sound/Sound Designer
Susan Welsh Co-producer
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