Henry Barnes 

North Sea Texas – review

This beautiful-looking film about fledging gay love on the Belgian coast drifts by placidly, writes Henry Barnes

An engaging, if placid, debut from acclaimed shorts director Bavo Defurne. Pim (Jelle Florizoone) is a 15-year-old boy living in a dull Belgian coastal town with his fading beauty queen mum. He's in love with Gino (Mathias Vergels) – the dashing older boy next door. Gino's a little in love with Pim, too, but wants to keep their relationship a secret, especially from his younger sister, who's dappy over Pim. Defurne makes a point of shunning social realism and presents lonely, horny Pim's story through a fog of polished-to-a-glow stylishness. 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.


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