Change of Sex

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Cambio de Sexo
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Directed by Vicente Aranda
Produced by Jaime Fernandez Cid
Written by Vicente Aranda
Joaquin Jordá
Carlos Durán
Starring Victoria Abril
Lou Castel
Fernando Sancho
Rafaela Aparicio
Bibí Andersen
Music by Ricardo Miralles
Cinematography Néstor Almendros
José Luis Alcaine
Edited by Maricel Bautista
Distributed by Morgana Films
Release date
  • 13 May 1977 (1977-05-13)
Running time
108 minutes
Country Spain
Language Spanish

Change of Sex or Sex Change (Spanish: Cambio de Sexo) is a 1976 Spanish film, written and directed by Vicente Aranda. It stars Victoria Abril. The film dramatizes the story of a young effeminate boy, who moves to the city to explore his desire to become a woman.


In a small town, José Maria is a teenager with a big problem: He imagines that inside of him he is really a woman. His family environment makes things more difficult for him. His rude father is a male chauvinist who afraid of his son softness put him to work chopping wood and tries to force him to have sex with a prostitute. However, José Maria flees from that adventure feeling guilty. He escapes to the city where he tries to be accepted as woman with tragic results. While working as a hair dresser he meets, Bibi, a transvestite who works in a cabaret and José Maria goes to work with her. He is not José Maria anymore, but Maria José. In the cabaret, he falls in love with Durán, the owner of the bar. Durán, reluctant at the beginning, nevertheless starts a relationship with Maria José, who wants to go all the way, and plans to travel to London to have a sex change operation.


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