Saturday, August 29, 2009

XXY (2007)

From the NY Times review: Confronting the Perils of Puberty Squared:
"How must the world appear to someone who has been treated as an exotic clinical specimen from birth? The moody, surreal "XXY" explores the world of Alex (Inés Efron), an intersex teenager — born with both male and female sex organs — navigating the treacherous emotional and hormonal rapids of uncertain gender.

The movie, directed by the Argentine filmmaker Lucía Puenzo and based on Sergio Bizzio’s short story “Cinismo,” is not a clinical case study, though months of research went into its creation. It is a somber, brooding study of Alex and her parents as they face the painful crossroads when adulthood looms. To help their child feel as normal as possible, Alex’s parents have fled Argentina to a remote seaside enclave in Uruguay." 2007 86 minutes

DJE: This is a sensitive, beautifully done movie. In many ways, it is reminiscent of the novel Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, although the latter is comedic while "XXY" is mostly dark and serious. The XXY community has taken offense with this movie since it has innacuracies, but the overall theme is not XXY per se, but the challenges of intersex individuals. In this respect, the film succeeds.

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