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Tits – by Alex Winckler

When breasts are not the massive dream for a teenage boy.

10 – 15 | 2013 | Comedy | Teenager | UK | USA

Tits is a delicate comedy dealing with the adolescent insecurity, presenting a situation that would have been simple to waste in a series of easy jokes.

Fortunately for the virtual audience, and not only that, director Alex Winckler, a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts in New York, has opted for a more sober storytelling, highlighting the fragility of a young boy whose puberty has decided to give a female breast. “You can relax,” says his doctor, “it’s just hormones. It will disappear with growth.” Much of little comfort, whereas Sam, the hapless protagonist, tries to come up with any method to hide his little inconvenience.

His parents never appear, perhaps to emphasize that in that age every little battle and embarrassment will be perceived as the bearers of loneliness. The only adult figures are the doctor and the often neurotic teachers.

Another great absence – technology. The children of the school (probably exclusively male and private) rely on the bad boy of the moment to buy pornographic magazines. This gives the short a timeless touch. They’re just the real facts, and not virtual ones, the protagonists.

The hub is the exchange of words between Sam and the aforementioned Playboy merchant. There is discovered that the “weaknesses” are a common situation among all pubescents, even those that seem the most inserted in the fragile adolescent society. The final scene is open to many interpretations. One look, and the viewer can draw his own conclusions.

Whether it’s an unwanted breast, or latent homosexuality, or any other matter with which every human being must necessarily comes to terms, it seems that adolescence is always destined to accompany us. Growing up it changes its face, but there will always be something of it that will remain with us.

Marta Zannoner

Marta Zannoner

Aspirante scrittrice, osservo la realtà spesso distrattamente. Per questo ricorro ai film, per prestare attenzione.

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