Wednesday, May 28, 2008

RIP "XXY"

XXY, one of the very best films of 2008, has closed.

After only 10 days in release in one theater, the film has fizzled into a footnote after grossing a mere $6,634.

I bring this up only because Lucia Puenzo's haunting film about a 15 year old hermaphrodite and her struggle with sexual identity is one of the most deeply moving cinematic experiences I have had this year. This film deserves better. It is a sad comment on our culture and the tastes of the movie going public that brainless pap like 10,000 B.C. gets a huge release and fine, high-grade, thought provoking works like XXY die on the vine after two weeks.

Commercialism almost always triumphs over art however, and XXY is too hot-button and too provocative for mainstream America.

What a shame.

Click here to read my original review.

3 comments:

nick plowman said...

That is extremely sad.

I still cannot wait to see it. I think I would enjoy it, or rather admire it, and be able to take something away from it. I need some thought-provoking cinema right now. I really do.

Anonymous said...

!Que lastima!

J.D. said...

BOO.