Noordzee, Texas (North Sea Texas) (2012)
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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.
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.
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.
Splendidly acted, especially by Florizoone, whose every thought appears to register on his wide-open features, it's more than promising.
"North Sea Texas" explores emergent sexuality and first love with a refreshing optimism.
A simmering drama powered by fully drawn characters and fine performances.
Audience Reviews for Noordzee, Texas (North Sea Texas)
A frustrating drama that uses a teenage boy's sexual awakening to shape a narrative that drags so unforgivably and seems constructed solely around endless silences, "meaningful glances" and contrived situations, and it doesn't help a bit that the acting is terrible.
Beautifully shot, nostalgic piece that effortlessly, albeit not originally, explores sexuality and adolescence, with deft performances from the three young leads.
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.
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