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Aro Recommended XXY

 

Spain 2007, 86 minutes
Dir. Lucía Puenzo
In Spanish with English subtitles
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama / Youth

Topics: Gender-bender.

 

Aroview: Articulate portrayal of the life of an intersex teenager searching for identity and exploring the complexities of coming-of-age in a small Uruguayan village.

Imbued with an elementally mysterious atmosphere, this tactful, sombre drama neither titillates nor tip-toes lightly over its subject, retaining an unapologetic sense of ambiguity as it questions the complications of gender identity with refreshing restraint and dignity. Unknowns Efron and Piroyanski are especially engaging, registering emotional maturity well beyond their tender years.

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