Álvaro's father grabs him and Alex sits against the wall for a few moments crying before she returns to her family. The film also won the and the Golden Crow Pheasant at the. Once upon a time, a film about intersexuality would have been relegated to the exploitation road-show circuit, and far from posing provocative questions about whether an individual's ambiguous genitals should be conformed to one sex or another and, if so, whose choice should that be, it would have ended with a moralizing lesson that reinforced gender roles. Alex and Alvaro are attracted to each other, and together have what is possibly the first sexual experience for either. She begins to have with him with her as the penetrative partner , and while Álvaro is surprised he does not stop Alex.
What could easily have been an exploitative freak show is instead a somber, earnest drama about the issues facing intersexed individuals — those born with male and female genitalia. However, Álvaro begins to question himself because he enjoyed the sexual experience with Alex even though Alex was performing anal sex on him. 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. When Suli welcomes her former best friend Erika Carolina Peleritti that comes with her husband, the surgeon Ramiro Germán Palacios and their teenage son Alvaro Martín Piroyansky to spend a couple of days with her family, Kraken learns that his wife invited Ramiro to operate Alex. What she doesn't say is that Ramiro is a plastic surgeon specializing in the correction of deformities and birth defects, and Suli hopes he can offer some suggestions about Alex. It can be ascertained throughout the film that the main character has typical female sexual characteristics, with the exception of an enlarged clitoris, although this is coupled with an apparent hormonal regimentation.
She uses hormones to subdue her male characteristics, but now she has become unsure how she really feels. However, Alex decides that it does not matter. . During the visit Alex and Alvaro grow closer in attraction to one another and eventually have sexual intercourse which causes even more confusion for the both of them. However, recently Alex has stopped taking her medication. Alex and Alvaro sense some sort of unstated, even unconscious, common bond.
Suli wanted to operate right when Alex was born, but Nestor calmed her down and talked her out of it. The purpose, unknown to Néstor and Alex, is to discuss the possibilities of , with Suli quietly hoping that Alex will decide to be female and go through with a surgery in the beginning. Meanwhile, there are problems on the island. If you have any legal issues please contact the appropriate media file owners or host sites. This is a very strong point of this movie. But the troubled and outcast Alex has the right to choose what gender she wants for her.
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. He asks if he will ever see her again, and she tells him that she does not think that he will. Alex also decides that she does not want to resume taking medicines or have an operation. Since other kids somehow sense something strange about her, she cannot easily keep her secret. 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. 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 grabs her father's hand and slings it across her shoulder before the camera pans to a shot of the ocean, focusing on the distant transitioning line between the sky and sea.
The purpose, unknown to Nestor and Alex, is to discuss the possibilities of a gender reassignment operation. Her father, Nestor Kraken Darin , is a marine biologist who has written a book on sexuality and makes a living treating wounded animals found by fishermen. So she has also behavioral verbal responses of males. 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. Alex has broken the nose of her boyfriend, possibly I'm not sure because he wanted to explore her body. The Ebert Club is our hand-picked selection of content for Ebert fans.
Néstor realizes that reporting this to the police would cause the whole village to know about Alex's condition. Their stories are often exploited in lurid, sensationalistic accounts. Kraken is furious when he finds out: He considers Ramiro no different than the forces of normality he tried to escape when he moved his family to middle of nowhere. When Alex later apologizes, Alvaro admits that he liked it. 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 is not a message picture, never lectures, contains partial nudity but avoids explicit images and grows into a poignant human drama. When Alex later apologizes, Álvaro reveals that he liked it and has no bad feelings towards her. Another example of Nestor's unconditional love was when he stood up for Alex after she broke her ex best friend's nose and the other father was making fun of Alex. In a small coastal town of fishermen in Uruguay, the biologist Kraken works and lives in a house at the sea side with his wife Suli and their aggressive fifteen year-old daughter Alex. Alex also decides that she does not want to resume taking medicines or have an operation.