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.
The minor character Sabrina grows up before our eyes – I loved her performance. Generally this was a classic coming of age drama with some adolescent sexual self-discovery thrown in, via a triangle with Pim, the main character, his friend Gino, and his sister Sabrina. Working class 1970s Flemish setting gives this a strong sense of identity. (I didn't notice the comedy.)
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? ;)
Smouldering hot. Very worthy. Interesting original characters, honest dialogue. Patient under currents of emotions injected with intense snatches of passion - making you an intelligent watcher having to read all that is unsaid - making you care about Pim and how all will resolve for him. Tender and sensitive shots, Plus a gorgeous watch, stunning people. Good to hear a film in Flemish too, I love that language.
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.