Young Pim and his mother, Yvette, live in the Belgian countryside with their dog, Mirza. The mother, a lonely divorcee, plays a piano accordion, and patronizes a local bar called Texas. One day Pim and his mother attend a fair where they meet a traveling carny named Zoltan – and Pim is infatuated.
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North Sea, Texas is not a flawless work of fiction, but it affected me in a pretty strong way. The performances are good, the characters are interesting, and the finale is hopeful. Worth a watch if you're into queer cinema!
Annoying weak plot along with anodyne mutted characters suffering from a glaring lack of depth, this film only catches the eye thanks to the beautiful photography, a knack for colour and sweet compositions. Honesty is up-front and Defurne never intended too much but to leave his small mark in the LGBT filmography.
Pretty, naive and predictable story, which I surprisingly enjoyed to follow. Maybe due to several relations with my own early life's experiences. Nicely shaped characters, good cinematography and sharp dialogues make this piece quite a pleasure to watch. And finally, optimistic, and with well deserved happy end, which we all desire, don't we? ;)
Has a number of rewarding moments, but the film makes it really challenging to get to them. The film is simple, subtle, and protracted, giving the impression that it's boring and oblique. Playing your cards close to the chest probably isn't the best move when you're not working with complex material to begin with.
I very much enjoyed the simplistic, nearly minimalist telling of this story. Sometimes you don't need a lot of dialogue to make powerful points, which North Sea Texas does without hesitation. This is a pure example of filmmaking at its best, without being overtly direct in its messages (such as the sex scenes, which are done with class and implication). Watch this one, if only for the beautiful cinematography.
"NST is overbearingly understated. It was refreshing to not see any direct violence or outward prejudice... [beyond] personal prejudice and doubt. Whilst this creates a beautiful atmosphere ...as the film progressed I yearned for more from these characters." - Alton Williams, Battleroyalwithcheese.com. It is a great looking film and the actors work magic despite being saddled w/ one-dimensional roles. 3.5 stars