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  • Actors: Ricardo Darin, Valeria Bertuccelli, Germán Palacios, Carolina Pelleritti, Martín Piroyansky
  • Directors: Lucía Puenzo
  • Producers: XXY
  • Format: Import, PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 87.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001L1ZYCG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 444,670 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Spain released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: Spanish ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Alex is a 15-year-old teenager with a secret. Soon after her birth her parents decide to leave Buenos Aires to make a home out of an isolated wooden house tucked away in the dunes of the Uruguayan shoreline. Then a couple of friends from Buenos Aires come to visit with their 16-year-old son Álvaro. Álvaro´s father is a plastic surgeon who accepted the invitation because of his medical concern for Alex. The inevitable attraction between both teenagers forces them all to face their worst fears... Rumours are spreading around the town. Alex gets stared at as if she were a freak. People´s fascination with her can become dangerous. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, Cartagena Film Festival, Goya Awards, ...XXY

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Son of Nietzsche on 8 Oct 2008
Format: DVD
15 year old Alex (Inés Efron) was born intersex; she resembles a female (and takes hormones to enhance this), but has male genitals. As she has grown older, her parents moved her from her home in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to an isolated fishing village on the coast of Uruguay, to avoid the questions of friends and relatives. Her mother is desperate for her to become wholly female, and invites a plastic surgeon (along with his wife and son) to their village to discuss surgical options. The son, Alvaro (Martin Piroyansky), is questioning his own sexuality...which becomes all the more confused as he and Alex grow attracted to one another.

XXY (Spanish, English subtitles) deals with age-old themes (social stigma, parental conflict, societal demands for sexual conformity) in a refreshing context. What does it mean to be 'male' or 'female'? Is the pressure to choose one gender or another innate, or socially-enforced? Are the neuroses that young people suffer wholly attributable to parental desire for social orthodoxy? A post-op female-to-male acquaintance of Alex's father advises: "Making her afraid of her body is the worst thing you can do to a child"...(oddly reminiscent of Van Dijk's classic quote: "Sexuality is something granted to everyone, and to teach a child to abstain from this evident intimacy is perhaps the first form of sexual violence to which it is subjected"). XXY does not seek to resolve these (perhaps unresolvable) questions, but does an excellent job of casting light onto such neglected areas of social life.

The acting is remarkable for what must have been challenging roles; completely natural and unselfconscious.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Helen Priddle on 19 Sep 2010
Format: DVD
A wonderful insight into the life of a young person struggling to forge a gender identity in a world of judgement:
the teenagers who tease and abuse
the narrow minded small towners who will not accept difference
and worse still, the well meaning do-gooders, who 'know best' how to re-sculpt (mutilate) a body into something 'befitting'

and how not knowing who you are can collide with the lives of those around you who care, challenging all that they held universally true

brilliant, harrowing, uplifting
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By DL Productions UK TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Dec 2008
Format: DVD
When I first saw this film available for rental, I was thinking it was some sort of deformation Alex was suffering, the synopsis was rather bland and not really telling me much about the movie, so I thought why not give it a go?

This film explores the fact that Alex was born a boy but really is a girl, or to give it it's proper term, hermaphrodite. They used to live in Argentina's capital Buenos Ares - but they were bullied out of there due to Alex's condition. Now 15, Alex has to decide what she wants to be, and when a plastic surgeon's son comes along and falls in love with her, the question is, are we really small minded, or is there hope?

To be honest with you, I was quite surprised when I saw this, but it was great to see - Alex (Inés Efron) is amazing - this must have been a tough role to pull off. The shooting locations are perfect too, with the swishing of the sea in the background, and plenty of thinking time between dialogue. The film really does make you question what you would do, and how you would react to the news that your wife has given birth to a hermaphrodite.

I would say though this isn't for everyone, the sex scene with Alvaro and Alex is rather crude but the worst part has to be the part where a local gang are trying to touch Alex - it's uncomfortable viewing at the best.

This film really does leave more questions than answers, this is why I felt I had to review it, and the quality of the script, acting and scene - this for example wouldn't have been as good in a crowded and loud city, but in the quiet parts of the Argentine border this works really well. Also it has had 20 wins, very deserving of them too, as it really questions the base level of life - and how we perceive trans gender and hermaphrodites.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kate Lindley on 27 July 2011
Format: DVD
From my personal perspective, I found the film gave an alternative story about the parents' choice. Alternatives can always give hope that we are not bound to follow mainstream practices, which in the film, as in most countries, is about having cosmetic surgery to "correct the aberrations", to force one or the other sex upon a child. Not only did I find Alex's story poignant, but her parents' story was powerfully portrayed.
However where I find the title of the film misleading, is that all of the XXY boys and men I know do not have ambiguous genitals. They have male genitals and are recognized as boys at birth. My son has XXY syndrome and finds it distressing to be asked if he is a hermaphrodite. So while the film portrays the difficulty of having a child with an INTERSEX condition, and the difficulty of finding your sexual identity as a person with an INTERSEX condition, I think that the title does not help those who have XXY to confront other people's curiosity and lack of consideration for those who are different.
The film should be entitled differently.
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