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  • This is definitely not a movie to watch as entertainment, and the characters themselves are generally unappealing, though perhaps that's what they have become under such difficult circumstances

    • by Enzo Valli

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      XXY is a real shocker. You know from the start that there is something not right going on, some dark secret surrounding Alex, the 15 year old daughter of a couple living on a remote stretch of the coast of Uruguay. Is Alex a child murderer, a witch? Is she perhaps feral, brought up by wolves maybe? She certainly has the look of a deeply troubled soul. The truth comes out when she stops taking her hormone suppressant medication, male hormones that is, and her male side begins

      to assert itself.

      Until this point Alex has been raised as female even though she has both male and female genitalia; she’s a hermaphrodite, both male and female. She attracts the attention of a boy who visits the family with his parents, a boy who gets the shock of his life when the two start exploring each other in the hay loft. She will only let his hands wander around so far of course, but then she flips him over and tries to get him from behind. He likes it. Confusion reigns but the boy is still attracted.

      Heartache abounds. The parents are divided over what action to take. Mother wants to try surgery to remove the male bits; father prefers to let Alex decide, or does he just want nature to take its course? Should Alex be allowed to live a double-gendered life? Could she find happiness with this boy who loves the girl in her but is also content to find sexual fulfilment with her as a man?

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      gets out in the small, isolated community the predictable cruelty isn’t long surfacing. The tortured Alex is left behind when her new found boyfriend is taken away by his parents, and we are left wondering what life might hold for her.

      I was torn watching this, and left the movie theatre wondering who should make the decision about which gender route a hermaphrodite should try to follow. Should the parents make an irrevocable decision at birth or should they postpone allowing the child some say, by which time of

      course a pattern will have begun to develop. To what extent should medical expertise be a factor in the decision, especially given its limitations?

      This is definitely not a movie to watch as entertainment, and the characters themselves are generally unappealing, though perhaps that’s what they have become under such difficult circumstances. However the characters are well acted by a very competent cast and Lucia Puenzo’s direction drew me willingly into the drama and crises of the story, Alex’s story, her parents’ story, a story of terrible anguish and suffering.

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