Noordzee, Texas (North Sea Texas) Reviews

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September 15, 2019
The beauty of North Sea Texas lies in its simplicity. The film is beautifully shot and brilliantly acted, especially by Jelle Florizoone, Eva van der Gucht and Katelijne Damen who deliver outstanding performances.
August 23, 2018
North Sea Texas' production and costume design are notable and add a sense of kitsch, retro style to the overall film... This is all enhanced by the skilful cinematography of Anton Mertens.
June 27, 2014
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.
February 22, 2013
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.
February 15, 2013
This debut feature by noted short-film director Bavo Defurne emphasizes ambiance over storytelling, but that ambiance is so flavorsome you might not mind.
February 14, 2013
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.
December 20, 2012
A reasonably realistic slice of lower-middle-class European life with a repressed protagonist named Pim.
December 7, 2012
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.
December 6, 2012
Splendidly acted, especially by Florizoone, whose every thought appears to register on his wide-open features, it's more than promising.
November 5, 2012
A small but quite lovely and wonderful film, gorgeous to look at, which tackles an age-old subject with radiant freshness.
November 1, 2012
"North Sea Texas" explores emergent sexuality and first love with a refreshing optimism.
November 1, 2012
A simmering drama powered by fully drawn characters and fine performances.
November 1, 2012
A soulful, slightly hyperreal comedy ...
November 1, 2012
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.
October 31, 2012
Once the visual touches fade away ... there's nothing to stop the parade of clichs.
October 30, 2012
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.
May 17, 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.
April 18, 2012
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
April 14, 2012
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.
April 7, 2012
An understated film, strong on mood, a bit reminiscent of Shelagh Delaney's A Taste of Honey.
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