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For just about everybody, adolescence means having to confront a number of choices and life decisions, but rarely any as monumental as the one facing 15 year-old Alex (Inés Efron,) who was born an intersex child.* As Alex begins to explore her sexuality, her mother invites friends from Buenos Aires to come for a visit at their house on the gorgeous Uruguayan shore, along with their 16-year- old son Álvaro (Martín Piroyanski.) Alex is immediately attracted to the young man, which adds yet another level of complexity to her personal search for identity, and forces both families to face their worst fears.

In biology, "hermaphrodite" means an organism that has both "male" and
"female" sets of reproductive organs, however in humans, there are no actual
"hermaphrodites" in this sense. In the past it has been common to call people
with intersex conditions "hermaphrodites" because intersex bodies share sex
chromosomes and characteristics of both genders and do not neatly conform to
what doctors define as the "normal" male or female bodies. Yet the label,
"hermaphrodite" is misleading, mythologizing, and often stigmatizing; members
of the community prefer the term "intersex people" or "people with intersex

WINNER – Critics’ Week Grand Prize & Golden Rail Award – Cannes FF
WINNER – Golden Athena Award for Best Film– Athens Int’l FF
WINNER – New Director’s Award – Edinburgh Int’l FF (opening night film)
WINNER – Association of Quebec’s Cinema Critics Prize – Festival Nouveau Cinema Montreal 
WINNER – Three Castle Awards – Castellinaria Int’l Youth FF
WINNER – Youth Council Award – Valladolid Int’l FF
WINNER – Best Feature Film – Festival de Cinéma des 3 Amériques (Quebec City) 
WINNER – Quebec Film Critics Award – Montreal Festival of New Cinema
WINNER – Pink Peach LGBT Award – Atlanta FF
WINNER – Audience Award for Best Feature Film – Frameline FF
WINNER – Audience Award for Best Feature Film – Out Film Connecticut WINNER – Best Feature – Reel Pride FF
WINNER – Grand Jury Award for Outstanding International Dramatic Feature Outfest Film Festival
WINNER – Best Screenplay – Providence Latino FF
WINNER – Audience Award for Best Feature Film – Inside Out, Ottawa LGBT FF 
WINNER – Audience Award for Best Foreign Film – Pittsburgh Int’l Lesbian and Gay FF 
WINNER – Best Feature Film – Clip, Tampa Int’l Gay and Lesbian FF

By Jonathan Holland

The psychological fallout from alternative sexualities is explored to subtle and penetrating effect in Lucia Puenzo's XXY…in which…accomplishment matches ambition.--Jonathan Holland/ Variety - Review
Allan Hunter in Cannes
The familiar agonies of adolescence are given a fresh slant and a perceptive treatment in XXY, a quietly impressive first feature from novelist and documentary maker Lucía Puenzo…Refusing to sensationalise the subject of a teenager with genital ambiguity, she creates a thoughtful, well-measured reflection on sexuality, identity and the struggle to follow the heart's desire….
--Allan Hunter/ Screen Daily - Review
By Richard James Havis

"Raw-edged and moving…thoroughly nuanced… a tough, engaging, extremely touching work of cinema."--Richard James Havis/ The Hollywood Reporter - Review

By Harvey Karten

“Given the sincere, exquisite acting and patient unraveling of intimate details, “XXY” leaves the audience feeling refreshed…”

--Harvey Karten/ Compuserve - Review

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