Bold Boredoms, Libidinous Affects

  • Inela Selimović


The protagonist’s seemingly confused and alienated consciousness stays intertwined with the possibility for boredom in Lucía Puenzo’s XXY (2007). Such a possibility comes to life in the form of despondency, simultaneously disallowing that the protagonist’s confusion and alienation be completely obscure or unbroken. Despondency in the film is not just another word for melancholy in Freud’s terms. Freud’s classical discussions on melancholy suggest that melancholic states resemble those in which grief affects the subject. Grief decidedly marks the loss or absence of a palpable object or of a concrete individual. Overcoming grief consequently entails a gradual approach, or takes place “piece by piece, with an expenditure of time and energy.” The despondent state that the protagonist feels in Puenzo’s film echoes a state of being that acknowledges and knows the potential for a concrete loss—the protagonist’s intersex subjectivity.


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