North Sea, Texas | Surprising and tender but a little confusing

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Based on André Sollie’s novel Nooit Gaat Dit Over, Noordzee Texas is about a teenage boy’s search for love finds him fixated on a boy who lives nearby. It stars Jelle Florizoone, Mathias Vergels, Nina Marie Kortekaas & Eva Van Der Gucht.

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Premise: Pim is an emotionally abandoned and affection-starved young gay boy from a small seaside town. He’s “raised” by an absentee single mother whose considered the town’s floozy. Frequently home alone, Pim often spends time at a neighbor’s house where another single mom and her two teenage children Gino and Sabrina.

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Review: Pim, Gino, and Sabrina, are entering a period of sexual awakening and the movie is very much about finding love, first love, and  heartbreaks. It’s a bit of a strange movie with a very slow and dream-like pace. There seem to be a lot going on in Pim’s mind but it doesn’t always translate on screen. I am not criticizing the actor here because I think he did a great job, I’m just saying that some scenes could have used a little push to make them great.

There are extremely long silences and yes, they are putting emphasis on those scenes and the fact that Pim lives in a dream world. But maybe there are too many of them. Pim cannot seem to catch a break in this film, when he’s starting to get over Gino, here comes another heartbreak. In that aspect the movie is very realistic, it’s a bit of an emotional roller coaster. There’re subtle changes throughout the movie showcasing that change is part of life, something that we have to deal with.

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North Sea, Texas has beautiful photography, great visuals and score that add an eerie feel to the movie. Speaking about eerie, Pim started off, sweet but slowly got creepy – in my opinion – with his obsessive hoarding of anything guys he liked owned. I also didn’t understand the whole alphabet reciting thing but it sure added to his creepiness.

Finally, for a film set in the 1970s with gay characters, it was refreshing to see that the whole shame, self-loathing and guilt of being gay was dismissed for a coming of age story. Treating Gino and Pim’s story as the most natural thing.
If you haven’t seen the movie please watch it and don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comment section bellow or tweet @wornoutspines.
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