Progressive lesbian couple Hannah Driver (Janelle Snow) and Jules Paradise (Amanda Powell) have added a child into their busy lives. However, Beau’s arrival has thrown everything they’ve built into an ever-growing storm.
That’s because their son has been diagnosed with 47, XYY which is when there is an extra copy of the Y chromosome in each of a male’s cells. For some, this means that they have learning disabilities, speech delay, low muscle tone (hypotonia) and may be quite tall. However, it was also once thought to be a reason why young men were more aggressive, but that has been ruled out.
However, this movie takes place from the 1990’s to today, a time when nobody understood 47, XXY or behavioral issues. Now, the dream of being a family may tear Hannah and Jules apart.
This film has a great cast, including Ed Asner as Hannah’s father Gunny, Sean Young (it’s been too long since I’ve seen her in a film!) as Hannah’s business partner Nat, Christian Stolte as the principal, Melanie Candra as Hannah’s campaign manager and Kirk Kellykahn as Hannah’s law partner.
The most important role is one that is not cast. We only hear Beau’s voice at the end of the film, but he looms large over every single moment in this story. It’s an incredibly brave choice and speaks to the abilities of both director Tracy Wren and writer Jennifer Cooley.