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XXY (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 2 May 2008 (USA)
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The story of an intersexual fifteen-year-old. She lives with her parents, who have to cope with the challenges of her medical condition.

Director:

Lucía Puenzo

Writers:

Lucía Puenzo (screenplay), Sergio Bizzio (short story "Cinismo")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ricardo Darín ... Kraken
Valeria Bertuccelli ... Suli
Germán Palacios Germán Palacios ... Ramiro
Carolina Pelleritti Carolina Pelleritti ... Erika (as Carolina Peleritti)
Martín Piroyansky ... Alvaro
Inés Efron ... Alex
Guillermo Angelelli Guillermo Angelelli ... Juan
César Troncoso ... Washington
Jean Pierre Reguerraz Jean Pierre Reguerraz ... Esteban
Ailín Salas Ailín Salas ... Roberta
Luciano Nóbile Luciano Nóbile ... Vando (as Luciano Martín Nóbile)
Lucas Escariz Lucas Escariz ... Saul
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Storyline

In a small coastal town of fishermen in Uruguay, the biologist Kraken works and lives in a house at the sea side with his wife Suli and their aggressive fifteen year-old daughter Alex. When Suli welcomes her former best friend Erika that comes with her husband, the surgeon Ramiro and their teenage son Alvaro from Argentina to spend a couple of days with her family, Kraken learns of the real reason for their visit, for Ramiro to operate on Alex. The reason being that Alex was born with both male and female sex organs. During the visit Alex and Alvaro grow closer in attraction to one another and eventually have sexual intercourse which causes even more confusion for the both of them. This film follows this period of time in Alex's life as she deals with constant questions about her gender identification, a pursuit of love and how to cope with her uniqueness. Written by Myria Davis, United States of America

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Sex makes us men and women. Or both things. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

Argentina | Spain | France

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

2 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

XXY See more »

Filming Locations:

Piriápolis, Maldonado, Uruguay

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,241, 4 May 2008

Gross USA:

$48,334

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,728,869
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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On September 27, 2007, XXY was chosen to represent Argentina at the Oscars, for the Best Foreign Language Film category. In a rare sweep, it was also chosen to represent Argentina at Spain's Goya Awards, for Best Foreign Film in Spanish. The tradition has been for two separate films to be sent to one of the awards each. The runner-up this year, in both cases, was La señal (2007), also starring (and co-directed by) Ricardo Darín. See more »

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In the scene that Alex, Alvaro and Vando are smoking and drinking by the fire, Alex and Vando stay up to pee while the camera shows a quiet Alvaro. For a moment, you can still hear the sound of the liquid moving inside the bottle as if he was drinking, while the camera shows that he is sitting still and the bottle is on the ground. See more »

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Alex: What do you regret the most? Not seeing me again, or not having seen it?
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Great movie but fictional - medical background on Klinefelter's Syndrome
11 January 2009 | by ankioviSee all my reviews

I will not get into any comments on the movie despite the medical facts. I think other people can do and have done this better than me. I just want to say I loved this movie and for who is interested here are some facts why the story is fictional:

Alex seems to have both genders. She seems to have both - a vagina and a penis - and the doctors already noticed that before she was born. That is referred to as real hermaphroditism, but it is actually not a part of Klinefelter's syndrome, which is a so-called "pseudo-hermaphroditism". All children with an extra X chromosome in addition to XY (so 47,XXY-children) are BOYS. The Sex-determing Region of Y is making them develop to boys. So they won't have nor a vagina nor a uterus and until puberty they are usually not even diagnosed.

Boys with Klinefelter's Syndrome usually consult a doctor because of insufficient growth of the testes in puberty. Some get gynecomastia (breast development in boys) and stay with a high voice. The penis and hair usually develop normal.

So as long as they don't have a genetic abnormality on their Y-chromosome they won't be real hermaphrodites, which is a really rare condition anyway and comes along with the normal Karyotypes 46,XX or 46,XY in most cases.

Anyway it is a great movie! Enjoy!


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