There's a chilly, wistful and rather matter-of-fact tone to the proceedings and this helps separate the rather run-of-the-mill aspects of the plot from the herd of teenager-in-love movies.
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.
| Original Score: B
This debut feature by noted short-film director Bavo Defurne emphasizes ambiance over storytelling, but that ambiance is so flavorsome you might not mind.
A reasonably realistic slice of lower-middle-class European life with a repressed protagonist named Pim.
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Splendidly acted, especially by Florizoone, whose every thought appears to register on his wide-open features, it's more than promising.
A small but quite lovely and wonderful film, gorgeous to look at, which tackles an age-old subject with radiant freshness.
"North Sea Texas" explores emergent sexuality and first love with a refreshing optimism.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A simmering drama powered by fully drawn characters and fine performances.
| Original Score: 4/5
A soulful, slightly hyperreal comedy ...
As competent as the acting is, it's the filmmaking that brings this coming-of-age saga into the realm of brilliantly crafted cinema.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
An understated film, strong on mood, a bit reminiscent of Shelagh Delaney's A Taste of Honey.
| Original Score: 3/5
A delicate little heartwarmer of a film.
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.
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.
Brilliant, affecting filmmaking. A beautiful love story.
Family life and adult power are central here, allowing for bittersweet engagement with emotions over time and the compromises of living in reality.
Tender and touching, this gay coming-of-ages story is underpinned by a terrific, subtle turn from newcomer Florizoone.