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XXY

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XXY

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
91 minutes
Limited Release Date:
05/02/08
performer:
Ricardo Darin, Ines Efron
director:
Lucia Puenzo
author:
71356
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C

Alex (Inés Efron), the outcast heroine of this somber tale from Argentina, is a 15-year-old hermaphrodite who identifies as a girl, and she is treated — by her stressed-out parents, and by the film — as such a fragile china doll of erotic confusion that it’s a little hard to connect with her; the movie is a liberal plea without liberation. It’s set at a beach house, but we see only gray skies, and though Efron has a wary and cutting intelligence (it matches that of the fine actor Ricardo Darin, who plays her father), the effect is tepid and damp. C

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