By Owen Gleiberman
Updated May 07, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT
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XXY

type
  • Movie

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

XXY

type
  • Movie
mpaa
  • UNRATED
runtime
  • 91 minutes
director
  • Lucia Puenzo

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