• Unrated, 1 hr. 34 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Bavo Defurne
    In Theaters:
    Nov 2, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Feb 18, 2013
  • Strand Releasing

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North Sea Texas Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B

February 22, 2013
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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This debut feature by noted short-film director Bavo Defurne emphasizes ambiance over storytelling, but that ambiance is so flavorsome you might not mind.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 15, 2013
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 14, 2013
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

A reasonably realistic slice of lower-middle-class European life with a repressed protagonist named Pim.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

December 20, 2012
David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

December 7, 2012
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 6, 2012
David Noh
Film Journal International

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

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

November 5, 2012
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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"North Sea Texas" explores emergent sexuality and first love with a refreshing optimism.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 1, 2012
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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A simmering drama powered by fully drawn characters and fine performances.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

November 1, 2012
Chris Packham
Village Voice
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A soulful, slightly hyperreal comedy ...

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 1, 2012
Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com

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.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 2/4

November 1, 2012
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Once the visual touches fade away ... there's nothing to stop the parade of clichés.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

October 31, 2012
Caroline McKenzie
Slant Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 30, 2012

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

Full Review Source: JWR | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 17, 2012
Gail Tolley
The List

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

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 2/5

April 18, 2012
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

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.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

April 14, 2012
Philip French
Observer [UK]

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

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

April 7, 2012
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

A delicate little heartwarmer of a film.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 4/5

April 6, 2012
Henry Barnes
Guardian [UK]

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.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

April 5, 2012
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

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.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 4/5

April 5, 2012
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