Director: Lucía Puenzo Cast: Ricardo Darín, Ines Flores, Inés Efron
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Lucia Puenzo's drama XXY probes the psychological aftereffects that adolescent transsexuality can yield. With a name easily applicable to either gender, young teenager Alex's (Ines Efron) hermaphroditic physiology causes a massive identity crisis and severe emotional withdrawal. The problems create social problems in the family's home of Argentina and virtually force Alex and his/her sympathetic parents, Kraken (Ricardo Darín) and Suli (Valeria Bertuchelli) to move to nearby Uruguay, at a point when Alex wrestles with the throes of puberty. The situation grows increasingly complex when several friends of the family arrive: marrieds Erika (Carolina Pelereti) and Ramiro (German Palacios), a plastic surgeon, and their adolescent son, Alvaro (Martin Piroyanski), whom Alex instantly propositions for sex. As Alex battles some local punks who try unsuccessfully to rape him/her (saved at the last minute by Kraken), Alvaro finally accepts Alex's promptings for intercourse and comes to a gradual realization of his own gayness. Meanwhile, the rift between the adults and the youth widens with increasing rapidity.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2008
UPC: 0616892965022
Original Release: 2007
Source: Film Movement
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:31:00
Sales rank: 46,153

Special Features

Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ricardo Darín Kraken
Ines Flores Actor
Inés Efron Alex
Martin Piroyanski Alvaro
German Palacios Ramiro
Carolina Peleritti Erika
Valeria Bertuccelli Suli
Guillermo Angelelli Actor
Luciano Nobile Vando
Cesar Troncoso Actor
Ailin Salas Actor
Lucas Escariz Actor
Jean Pierre Reguerraz Actor

Technical Credits
Lucía Puenzo Director,Screenwriter
Sergio Bizzio Original Story
Natasha Braier Cinematographer
Andres Goldstein Score Composer
Gustavo Guido Production Manager
Deborah Kaganovucius Production Manager
Miguel Morales Executive Producer
Manuel Morales Costumes/Costume Designer
Jose Maria Morales Producer
Hugo Primero Editor
Luis Puenzo Producer
Nicolas Puenzo Camera Operator
Bruno Roberti Asst. Director
Roberto Samuelle Art Director
Fernando Sirianni Executive Producer
Fernando Soldeville Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel Tarrab Score Composer
Luisina Troncoso Costumes/Costume Designer
Fabienne Vonier Associate Producer
Beatushka Wojtowicz Makeup
Alex Zito Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- XXY
1. Visitors [7:25]
2. I Can Tell [7:05]
3. Something for Me? [6:25]
4. A Rare Species [6:43]
5. Not Normal [8:01]
6. Bound to Happen [8:29]
7. Voice of Experience [6:51]
8. Going for a Walk [8:20]
9. Real Trouble [6:30]
10. Perfect [9:51]
11. Your Decision [8:10]
12. Credits [3:01]

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XXY 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
The chromosomal abnormality of XXY has been labeled as Klinefelter's Syndrome, hermaphroditism, and Intersex. The 'conception' defect results in a child with both male and female organs and when detected at birth usually results in a decision between physicians and parents to surgically alter the child to be one or the other phenotypic assignments - male or female. In this remarkably sensitive film based on a short story 'Cinismo' by Sergio Bizzio and adapted for the screen by writer/director Lucía Puenzo, XXY becomes a story of understanding and acceptance of a diagnosis by both child and parents and the conflicts such gender variation can present.

Alex (Inés Efron) is the XXY patient of the story, having been raised on the isolated coastline of Uruguay as a girl with the aid of supplemental hormones until age 15, the age when her loving Argentinean parents Kraken (Ricardo Darín) and Suli (Valeria Bertuccelli) have decided she should have her 'offending member' removed, allowing her to become a completely phenotypic female. Alex is deeply conflicted about her situation, refuses to take her medications and enjoys being 'one of the boys' in secret. When Alex's parents invite their surgeon friend Ramiro (Germán Palacios) and his wife Erika (Carolina Pelleritti) to their home to advise them on the surgical alternatives, they are accompanied by their artistic son Alvaro (Martín Piroyansky). There is an attraction between Alex and Alvaro and this ultimately results in a crisis that results in the coming of age and self-acceptance of both youngsters. Lucía Puenzo and her fine cast sensitively explore the interaction between parents and children and the coming to grips with choice of identity. This is yet another challenging and rewarding film from Argentina, one that stands alone as a fine movie, but one that also would be wise to add to the film libraries of high school and college students and of patient resource facilities who deal with problems of gender identity. Highly recommended. Grady Harp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago