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The Fish Child [El Nio Pez] Review


Good
Filmmaker Puenzo reunites with her XXY star Efron for this intriguingly warm and textured thriller. The plot kind of goes off the rails, but the internal drama is beautifully written and played.

In Buenos Aires, rich teen Lala (Efron) has fallen in love with her low-caste maid Ailin (Vitale). Lala's brother (Doregger) is just home from rehab, and her judge father (Munne) is getting death threats, so they're oblivious to Lala's dream to run off to Ailin's abandoned family home in Paraguay and live happily ever after. But their crazy plan goes awry, leaving Lala in Paraguay, where she meets Ailin's former soap-star dad (Andre), and Ailin in Argentina, where she's cornered by the cops for something Lala did.

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XXY Review


Good
The very title XXY conjures up images of sensuality and the forbidden, and it isn't long into the film when it becomes evident that both will come into play in short order.

The center of the movie is Alex (Inés Efron), a girl of 15 who's obviously got a boyish streak in her. Although it's not really laid out explicitly, it soon becomes apparent that Alex harbors a secret -- one which has convinced her family to move from Argentina to an island somewhere in Uruguay -- so they can be away from prying eyes and wagging tongues. The secret: Alex is a hermaphrodite, raised as a girl but now struggling with her masculine side while being prepped quietly for surgery that will make her about as female as it gets.

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La Peste Review


Weak
A South American city (presumably Buenos Aires, home town of director Luis Puenzo) gets a little visit by the Bubonic Plague fairy, and all hell breaks loose. Well, sorta. La Peste is actually a pretty sleepy little drama, much in keeping with the dread-packed Camus novel it's based on. Existentialist ennui aside, the story of an American doctor doing his time in a strange land doesn't hold much promise. Puenzo's political commentary gets muddled in with this, and the whole thing becomes a movie with two heads, neither of them compelling.

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