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North Sea Texas

North Sea Texas (2012)

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78

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 2

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70

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Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 1,489

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Movie Info

Pim, an introverted child, occupies his time drawing and fantasizing while keeping his emerging desires a secret. As a teenager, he grows infatuated with Gino, the handsome boy next door. When a hunky young man from the local fair starts living with Pim and his mother, he seizes the opportunity to leave home and move in with Gino's family. His plan backfires as Gino departs, romancing and living with a girl from across the border. It seems like Pim's dreams will never come true, but then one

Unrated,

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Bavo Defurne

Feb 18, 2013

$27.4k

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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (5)

This debut feature by noted short-film director Bavo Defurne emphasizes ambiance over storytelling, but that ambiance is so flavorsome you might not mind.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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It's not just that film is underdeveloped - it's that it feels unwilling to develop, preferring to leave its characters and plot points static. The result feels stunted.

February 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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It's a story that's been told countless times, but first-time director Bavo Defurne has such an assured hand and visual flair (much credit also belongs to cinematographer Anton Mertens) that everything seems fresh and new.

December 7, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Splendidly acted, especially by Florizoone, whose every thought appears to register on his wide-open features, it's more than promising.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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"North Sea Texas" explores emergent sexuality and first love with a refreshing optimism.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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A simmering drama powered by fully drawn characters and fine performances.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Thematically, this Dutsch tale of coming of age and first love is extremely familar. but it's sincerely treated and well acted by the two central boys.

February 22, 2013 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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A reasonably realistic slice of lower-middle-class European life with a repressed protagonist named Pim.

December 20, 2012 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

A small but quite lovely and wonderful film, gorgeous to look at, which tackles an age-old subject with radiant freshness.

November 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

In the annals of gay cinema about growing up, "North Sea Texas" is, regrettably, an unoriginal and rather disposable take on a subject that's been done much better in the past.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

The film succeeds in creating a dense atmospheric feel and avoids generic tropes, but it does so somewhat at the neglect of its characters and narrative.

October 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

As competent as the acting is, it's the filmmaking that brings this coming-of-age saga into the realm of brilliantly crafted cinema.

May 17, 2012 Full Review Source: JWR

Any sympathy for these characters and their lives dissipates quickly on reaching scenes filled with cliched symbolism, like the burning of treasured possessions on a beach and running into the sea in an emotional outburst

April 18, 2012 Full Review Source: The List
The List

Beautifully directed, emotionally engaging coming-of-age drama with a sharp script, a strong sense of time and place and terrific performances from its entire cast.

April 14, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

An understated film, strong on mood, a bit reminiscent of Shelagh Delaney's A Taste of Honey.

April 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

A delicate little heartwarmer of a film.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

North Sea Texas looks beautiful, is acted brilliantly, but it's hard to get a hold on when Pim's drifting by in a dream world.

April 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Complicated nicely by the unrequited crush of Vergels' sister on their friend, it's a film of supple visual flair and delicately acted appeal: Florizoone in particular is the bee's knees.

April 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Audience Reviews for North Sea Texas

When it comes to romance movies most of us are use to seeing that story romance unfold with straight people. Thankfully did is nothing like tells a romance story with gay people and it's pretty good.

Noordzee, Texas (North Sea Texas) is about a teenage boy's search for love finds him fixated on the boy next door. The plot is pretty straightforward and little subplots. This means the story becomes complex nor does it attempt to break new ground. To the movie credit it portray gays as actual people you would actually see in the streets and is very respectful of that. The cast is fine I guess, though they never get to shine to the material expanding on it's premise or taking advantage of it's characters relationship. While it's nothing great, it certainly was a good watch. I just simply enjoy it for what it is and what it does well. While there's much to say about this movie, there's allot to enjoy.

Noordzee, Texas (North Sea Texas) is romance movie between two guys done well and avoid the offensive stereotype of gays to portray them as regular people. It's respectful, well made, and good entertainment. It worth watching no matter what gender you're into.
July 23, 2012
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Caesar Mendez

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Beautifully shot, nostalgic piece that effortlessly, albeit not originally, explores sexuality and adolescence, with deft performances from the three young leads.
August 3, 2013
danieljparsons

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