As Mark, Jen, Sylvia, and Jake navigate through their emotionally-arrested states, X/Y reveals the honest and wanton desire we all have to connect with someone and what is at stake when that connection fades.


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  • ★★★½ review by Adam Mulgrew on Letterboxd

    "X/Y is complex and mature film that's full of promise. Unfortunately a lot of avenues remain unexplored and it would've been nice to spend a bit more time with these characters, such is the strength of the acting and the writing. At a trim 82 minutes, there might have been the opportunity to expand on the characters' stories without resulting in a bloated film. Nonetheless, what's there is strong and shows Williams is a filmmaker capable of sensitivity and insight."

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  • ★★★½ review by Rishaad Ait El Moudden on Letterboxd

    An surprisingly absorbing indie dramedy with four fascinating character studies on troubled twentysomethings. Designed around 20 minute episodes on each character that interconnect with one another in the films narrative, each individual and their snippet of existence is unique in their own search for connection and identity past their sexual encounters defining them. These are people you want to spend more time with and understand further, making it easy viewing.

    The splendidly grounded performances from the entire cast compliment this funny, touching and lingering work.

  • ★★★½ review by Ken Rudolph on Letterboxd

    Director Ryan Piers Williams plays Mark, a 30-something wannabe author living in Manhattan, who is in a stale 6-year relationship with Sylvia (America Ferrara, very much removed from her "Ugly Betty" days.) When Sylvia admits to an affair with her office mate (played by Common) it sets in motion a story of revolving partners among six central characters, that is a well observed view of life among what passes for today's version of New York City, up-scale hipsters. There's even a bit of gay exploration among these otherwise resolutely straight characters. For all their shallowness, I found these people believable and interesting.

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