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Lucía Puenzo/Argentina, France, Spain/2007/86min


Living in a coastal Uruguayan town, intersex teen Alex (raised as a girl) has been isolated and protected for the past 15 years, by parents Kraken and Suli. As puberty gets its grip on the teenager Alex is faced with the challenge of having to make a decision regarding her gender identity. Although Alex’s father thinks Alex is perfect just the way she is, her mother invites a top plastic surgeon and his family to stay with them, to assist with a decision. But sexually curious and aggressive Alex is far more interested in the plastic surgeon’s closeted son, Alvaro. While the parent’s agonize over the difficult choices that lie ahead, the teens get wound up with their own complex exploration of sexuality and identity. Beautifully shot and sparsely scripted with stellar performances by it young cast members, this calmly observed and quietly unassuming film is ultimately about the power of relationships, the need for the freedom to choose, and importance of creating space in society to accept the undefined.

Spanish with English subtitles

Critics Week Grand Prize – 2007 Cannes Film Festival
Golden Athena Best Film Award - Athens International Film Festival
Best New Director Award - Edinburgh Intternational Film Festival
Association of Quebec’s Cinema Critics Prize - Festival Nouveau Cinema Montreal
Best Spanish Language Foreign Film - Goya Awards Spanish Oscars

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