The Tit and the Moon

on September 01, 1994 by Ed Scheid
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   Tete (Biel Duran) is a small boy who keeps falling down before he can reach the top of the traditional human pyramids in the Catalonia region of Spain. He feels neglected when his mother breastfeeds his newborn brother and decides to find a mammary for himself. After secretly seeing that body part of a French ballerina ("Becoming Collette's" Mathilda May), he becomes fixated. The ballerina is touring with her husband (Gerard Darmon), whose act involves breaking wind; she's also being followed by a lovesick teenage friend of Tete's.
   "The Tit and the Moon" seems like two European movies that don't mesh. As in Luna's "Jamon Jamon," the lusty Spaniards are entertaining. Tete has Felliniesque fantasies in which all the women in a store reveal their breasts and the ballerina squirts milk from her nipple into a glass. But the two French characters, endlessly dissecting their romantic relationship, seem out of place; the heavy-handedness of May and Darmon's scenes together weigh down the film.    Starring Mathilda May and Gerard Darmon. Directed by Bigas Luna. Written by Bigas Luna and Cuca Canals. Produced by A.V. Gomez. No distributor set. Comedy. Spanish-language; subtitled. Not yet rated. Running time: 88 min.
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