Noordzee, Texas (North Sea Texas) (2012)
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as Young Pim
as Young Gino
as Young Sabrina
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Critic Reviews for Noordzee, Texas (North Sea Texas)
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)
I loved North Sea Texas. I was a lot like Pim. Shy, dreamy, curious, romantic, strong-willed, and resolute. After reading what audience members and critics had to say, I noticed no one has mentioned the smaller boy lying at the water's edge, drowned I suppose, when Pim runs naked across the beach. Is the drowned boy a dream? Who is he? I don't know how he'd fit into the plot, and he might confuse an audience when the next scene is a funeral procession, presumably for Gino and Sabrina's mom. This movie really gets to your heart. For me the point is unconditional acceptance. Maybe the somewhat wooden and two-dimensional characters are that way for this reason.
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.
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