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Noordzee, Texas (North Sea Texas) Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 31, 2012
Once the visual touches fade away ... there's nothing to stop the parade of clichés.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 1, 2012
A soulful, slightly hyperreal comedy ...
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.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 5, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
March 26, 2012
Drawing affecting performances from a fledgling cast, Defurne's film is a poignant snapshot of square-peg adolescent desire, vibrantly set against a colourful backdrop.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 6, 2012
A delicate little heartwarmer of a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 1, 2012
A simmering drama powered by fully drawn characters and fine performances.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 3, 2012
Family life and adult power are central here, allowing for bittersweet engagement with emotions over time and the compromises of living in reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 1, 2012
"North Sea Texas" explores emergent sexuality and first love with a refreshing optimism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 5, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 7, 2012
An understated film, strong on mood, a bit reminiscent of Shelagh Delaney's A Taste of Honey.
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