Noordzee, Texas (North Sea Texas) (2012)



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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 rainy day Gino returns home. (c) Strand
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Katelijne Damen
as Marcella
Nina Kortekaas
as Sabrina
Luk Wyns
as Etienne
Nathan Naenen
as Young Gino
Noor Ben Taouet
as Young Sabrina
Ella-June Henrard
as Francoise
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All Critics (26) | Top Critics (9)

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… | February 15, 2013
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.

Full Review… | February 13, 2013
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.

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

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

November 1, 2012
New York Times
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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.

Set the Controls For the Heart of the Sun
Set the Controls For the Heart of the Sun

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

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