Directed by: Lucia Puenzo
Starring: Ines Efron (Alex), Martin Piroyansky (Alvaro), Ricardo Darin (Father), Valeria Bertuccelli (Mother), German Palacios (Ramiro), Carolina Peleritti (Erika), Luciano Martin Nobile (Vando)
Country: Argentina, Uruguay; Effed Up Central/South-American Films
Language: Spanish (Eng Subs); Effed Up Spanish Movies
Genres: Intersex-Trans, Teen, Family
Plot – Spoilers:
An Argentinian family have moved to Uruguay, where dad, a biologist, researches turtles. But they’re mostly there so their intersex child, fifteen-year-old Alex, can grow up away from scrutiny.
A couple, who are family friends, visit with their teenage boy, Alvaro. Up until now, Alex was raised a girl, but she’s still unsure whether she’s a boy or a girl. The thing she’s sure about though, is that she wants to have sex with Alvaro and his perennially sheepish jaw.
Alvaro meanwhile is also unsure, struggling with his own sexuality. The two teenagers are a contrast in their top/bottom interest and confidence, which is mostly down to their contrasting parental support.
XXY has a deceptive title as Alex doesn’t seem to be an XXY person, rather intersex. What it isn’t deceptive in, is its beauty and sensitivity.