New Internationalist

XXY

May 2008
To operate or not to operate? Intersex 14-year-old Alex is under pressure to choose in this groundbreaking Argentinean drama.

This is a sensitive and unprecedented drama about a teenager exploring her sexuality. Hardly groundbreaking, you might think, but Alex is intersex – the XXY of the title refers to an extra chromosome which can give people both male and female sexual organs.

Alex lives with her parents in a remote coastal area of Uruguay where her father works as a marine biologist. When she was a baby they had refused an operation to choose her gender, but, now that she’s 14, her mother, particularly, feels she has to choose. So, her mother invites a friend to stay, who brings her husband, a cosmetic surgeon specializing in gender operations, and her son, Alvaro, who’s the same age as Alex.

Of course, given the set up, things can only go one way – Alex and Alvaro are very interested in each another. Alvaro has one or two surprises – Alex isn’t ‘out’ – but she is mature and aware of the shifting nature of Alvaro’s interest. Ines Efron, playing 10 years younger than her real age, is very good at getting across Alex’s turmoil in establishing her identity. The script handles her situation too sensitively: we never get a sense of the brutality – emotional and physiological – of medical intervention. But this is still a groundbreaking feature.

ML

This column was published in the May 2008 issue of New Internationalist. To read more, buy this issue or subscribe.

Comments on XXY

Leave your comment







 

  • Maximum characters allowed: 5000
  • Simple HTML allowed: bold, italic, and links

Registration is quick and easy. Plus you won’t have to re-type the blurry words to comment!
Register | Login

...And all is quiet.

Subscribe to Comments for this articleArticle Comment Feed RSS 2.0

Guidelines: Please be respectful of others when posting your reply.

XXY Fact File
Product information scripted and directed by Lucia Puenzo
Star rating3

Get our free fortnightly eNews

Multimedia

Videos from visionOntv's globalviews channel.

Related articles

Recently in Film

All Film

Popular tags

All tags

This article was originally published in issue 411

New Internationalist Magazine issue 411
Issue 411

More articles from this issue

  • The Bairns

    May 1, 2008

    Out of Britain’s blustery Northumbria comes Rachel Unthank and her Winterset trio.

  • Plan B 3.0 - Mobilizing to Save Civilization

    May 1, 2008

    'We are in a race between tipping points in the earth’s natural systems and those in the world’s political systems. Which will tip first?'

  • Caucus of terrorists

    May 1, 2008

    Dinyar Godrej concludes his report: meeting enemies of the State – and looking to the future.

New Internationalist Magazine Issue 436

If you would like to know something about what's actually going on, rather than what people would like you to think was going on, then read the New Internationalist.

– Emma Thompson –

A subscription to suit you

Save money with a digital subscription. Give a gift subscription that will last all year. Or get yourself a free trial to New Internationalist. See our choice of offers.

Subscribe