The movie depicts how her mother, Suli invites her best friend's family to stay with her so the husband, Ramiro, can operate on Alex to make her be the daughter Suli has always dreamt of. Her father, Néstor Kraken, is a who has written a book on sexuality and makes a living treating wounded animals found by fishermen. His wife thinks Alex's penis should be removed, but is not shrill or insistent. Meanwhile Alex and Alvaro feel attracted by each other; however, Alvaro finds that Alex is hermaphrodite and she finds that Alvaro is gay. But even before Ramiro arrived in Uruguay, those forces had already begun to intrude. However her parents let her free in choosing her own identity because they did not choose for a sex operation at her birth. The story is very well developed and supported by magnificent performances.
As a result, Alex constantly questions herself in terms of whether she identifies as either a boy or a girl, and, whether she is attracted to boys or girls. It assembles its story as a careful novelist might, out of many precise, significant brushstrokes. Alex has to play a certain role in order to be linked with her sex. Nestor also tells the story of how when Alex was born Suli was terrified and worried about Alex, but he still saw her perfect the way she is. Both in their different ways love and care for their child.
The reason being that Alex was born with both male and female sex organs. When Suli welcomes her former best friend Erika that comes with her husband, the surgeon Ramiro and their teenage son Alvaro to spend a couple of days with her family, Kraken learns that his wife invited Ramiro to operate Alex. December 2017 The genetic makeup of sex is a theme that is brought up numerous times within this film. This is a very strong point of this movie. Ines Efron also received much critical acclaim for her performance in this film. At the time of the movie, Alex has recently stopped taking her medication without telling her parents, which will cause her masculine features to begin to develop more. .
At the end of the film, Álvaro and his family are getting ready to board the boat to take them back to Buenos Aires. The movie is not too heavy, the subject of the movie is already heavy enough. Advertisement I am making the film sound too melodramatic. The shots are beautifully composed, the editing paces the process of self-discovery, the dialogue is spare and heartfelt, the performances are deeply human -- especially by Efron, who I learn was 22 when the film was made, but never looks it. Erin Miskell lists of and one is it discusses the impact on the parents and the differences between Nestor's and Suli's way of raising Alex. He is exploring his own gender and sexual identity within the confines of his parent's expectations, which contrasts with Alex's character who receives her parent's support about her situation. Alex also decides that she does not want to resume taking medicines or have an operation.
However, recently Alex has stopped taking her medication. The camera lingers on Álvaro's face as he looks at Alex's genitals and the audience is made aware that state of Alex's genitals will not be made known to them. Alex's situation is very unique, in that she was born as an intersex individual. In this way Alex is able to choose her own gender at a later age. The movie has a quite heavy subject; hermaphrodite.
As the story begins, she has overreacted to the curiosity of a close male friend about her sexuality and has broken his nose. The ending shot is of Alex and her family leaving their guests at the boat and walking down the boardwalk. We understand that Alex is in despair, and we see it reflected in a sketchbook she has drawn. Alex's parents moved with her from to a village by the sea in , to avoid the society's discriminatory views and strict gender expectations. This is seen through the actions of other characters on screen, most notably the group of boys who assault Alex while she is on the beach.
At the same time, Alex is questioning her own decisions about her identity and is confronted with frustration at her own body and the limitations placed on her by society. It was nominated for eight awards at the 2008 , winning three of them including Best Film, and was nominated or won awards at a number of other foreign film festivals. Xxy Movie Essay Alex Efron is a 15-year-old intersex person, with both male and female genitals, who has been living as a girl and using medicines to suppress masculine features, such as a beard, and to attempt to have more feminine features. And local teenagers chase Alex on the beach and pin her down to settle the mystery of her physiology. Kraken is devoted to the welfare of these amphibious creatures, which are often injured or killed by the local fishermen's boats and nets, but it soon becomes clear that the real reason he and Suli moved away from everything familiar was to protect 15-year-old Alex Ines Efron , who harbors an unsual secret: Alex was born with both a penis and a vagina, a rare but not unheard of phenomenon. Efron won the award for Best Actress at the as well as three other awards.
The Ebert Club is our hand-picked selection of content for Ebert fans. And Efron finds a sure line through the pitfalls of her role, succeeding in playing not girl or boy, but -- Alex. Alex and Alvaro sense some sort of unstated, even unconscious, common bond. He never pressured her to make a decision about her own body, whereas Suli tried to take control of Alex's body a few times. Starring , , , and Martín Piroyansky, the film tells the story of a 15-year-old , the way her family copes with her condition and the ultimate decision that she must eventually make as she struggles to define her own amongst a society that expects certain behaviors.
This scene opens the dialogue for the audience about gender roles and allows both characters, Alex and Álvaro, a chance to question their own identities and desires. Her masculinization may not yet be visible in facial hair and other signs, but her male aggression has already landed her in trouble. Meanwhile Alex and Alvaro feel attracted by each other; however, Alvaro finds that Alex is hermaphrodite and she finds that Alvaro is gay. The film also won the and the Golden Crow Pheasant at the. Alex directly tells Alvaro that she would like to have sex with him. Alex also decides that she does not want to resume taking medicines or have an operation.