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North Sea Texas (DVD + Blu-ray)


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  • Actors: Jelle Florizoone, Mathias Vergels, Eva van der Gucht
  • Directors: Bavo Defurne
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Saffron Hill
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Feb 2014
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GO5I0G6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,188 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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For the first time in stunning high definition, fall in love with the most iconic coming of age story of our time, North Sea Texas.

Pim (Boys on Film X star, Jelle Florizoone) lives in a small town on the Belgian coast, together with his single mother Yvette, a local accordion starlet. It's an ordinary existence which Pim brightens up by dreaming of princesses, beauty queens and the handsome Gino, the boy next door. But when hunky traveller Zoltan (Thomas Coumans) blows through town, Pim's life takes an exciting and unexpected turn.

From director, Bavo Defurne, comes this pinnacle in world cinema, which echoes classics like Stand By Me and Summerstorm.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 100 REVIEWER on 9 Aug 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Peccadillo have brought us so many gay films on DVD from all over the world - including all the Boys On Film shorts - and this is one of the most touching they have released in recent months. It's almost as good as Weekend, and daring in a different way: the focus here is on adolescent feelings and it spans a period of two or three years in the life of Pim, the central character - more if you count the opening section. Where the story proper begins he is 14 and the friend he falls in love with 17, and the freshness of their feelings is very well caught, with a franker portrayal of the sexual aspect of their friendship than you would expect to see, certainly in a British film focusing on this age group. The whole thing is very lyrical but at the same time you feel a forward momentum and are eager to see where it's going ... It also avoids becoming a soap opera, with its carefully composed shots that make it seem hyper-real. The widescreen format contributes to this - I'm not sure I don't prefer 16:9 really because this seems closer to how the world looks, or even 4:3, but Bavo Defurne makes a virtue of it - it's a bit like looking at the world from the inside of a postbox! He has a very original style, corresponding most closely to Campfire from the BFI collection of his short films, but more developed. It's definitely one to see if you like to be taken back to those feelings of youthful yearning and the immediacy of desire that is felt in the presence of someone you like at that age - with two such figures appearing in the film, you find yourself holding your breath for young Pim!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Sundancer-UK on 13 Aug 2012
Format: DVD
The `coming-of-age' genre is really too broad to describe North Sea Texas, the first feature film from Belgian Director Bavo Defurne. There have been many films which portray the highs and lows of adolescent gay love, but few which do so in a way which draws you into their world in such an imaginative and creative way. The awkward silences, deserted roads and the long empty beach are symbolic of the emotional isolation of "dreamer" Pim. His only refuge being the place where he feels acceptance and understanding is with his `surrogate' family - single mother Marcella, her daughter Sabrina, and son Gino - the subject of his love.

Jelle Floorizoone, (Pim) carries the film with incredible maturity and professionalism, helped by an excellent cast of characters who add to the film's charm and depth. Empathy with Pim comes naturally, and many will have been down a similar road - though clever twists keep you guessing and, just when you think you know what's coming around the corner, it takes an unexpected turn. As the boys grow older Gino drifts away from Pim, into the arms of a French girl, culminating in a confrontation of rage on an empty wind-swept beach. "Sometimes people have to make choices" is Gino's excuse, but when his mother is taken seriously ill, he returns to find Pim at her side. Sometimes it takes the love of an understanding mother, through a simple gesture, to show that her son's choice was not the right one.

Having first seen North Sea Texas in the cinema earlier this year, and now again on DVD, it's a film that warrants repeated viewings. Like a painting, North Sea Texas has many layers: the more you look the more you see, understand & appreciate.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 15 Dec 2013
Format: DVD
Like an idiot, I took a copy of this film out of the foreign films section of my local library, not realising that it was an example gay cinema. I was attracted to the catchy title and the fact that it was listed as a Belgian film (I've liked the few other Belgian movies I've seen and want to check out more). I'm also a sucker for the coastal vibe running up around the North Sea, so without looking at the thing carefully didn't realise until I got home that what I had simply taken to be another arty little coming-of-age film set in a cool part of the world had a dimension to it I wasn't expecting. The penny finally dropped with the films being trailed at the front --all of which were on the Peccadillo imprint (about which I know nothing) and clearly gay films. Duh!

Anyway, what the hell, I watched-on and I'm glad I did because I found this to be a very stylish and fresh film in which the gay romance aspect was sensitively depicted in a tasteful, understated manner which most straight men should not find off-putting. I didn't find it distracted from the intrinsic human-interest in a story set in the early 1960s in a small north Belgian seaside community --and there are not too many chances to experience that in Anglo-American movies. Here it's vividly depicted with admirable economy. Most women (of whatever persuasion) will probably lap the story up since this is a gently poignant, romantic tale of teen-yearning which doesn't wallow in melodrama and doesn't get all maudlin and angsty. The characters are realistically depicted and the whole is convincingly true to life. An intelligent and entertaining example of first-class European film-making, in other words.

Although shot on a relatively low budget, the production values are glossy and strong.
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