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North Sea Texas (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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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.Read more ›
Each of the characters -though understated- are finely drawn in the both emotionally and visually stark microcosm of small-town life, somewhere on the Belgian coast. Defurne draws a remarkable performance from Jelle Florizone -15 when filming began(?)- as the central character Pim, whose physical fantasies regarding the slightly older and knowing 'boy next-door' Gino are superficially fulfilled; -but devoid of the emotion and love he yearns.
The theme of unrequited first-love is further complicated by the bourgeoning infatuation of Gino's sister towards Pim. None of the surrounding adults have anything other than the most empty of relationships, either with each other or their children.
The dawdling pace serves to emphasise the sheer barreness and ennui in each of the character's lives.
Although a 'coming-of-age' film, the ambiguous conclusion does not betray if the ingennuous yearnings in Pim's sequestered life are in fact genuinely fulfilled.
Whether 'gay' or 'straight' most of us have 'been there'; and I found it a stirring reminder of the sheer 'aloneness' of unrequited 'first-love.
Jelle Florizoone makes a very impressive debut, and I am looking forward to seeing him in many more films. He doesn't need much dialogue, his expressions convey exactly what he is thinking. It's very rare to see so much maturity in a young actor, with so little experience.
The film has a few personal touches for me, it was set in the mid 1970's, not long after I was Pim's age, and going through similar experiences.
I don't think there is a single actor in the film who hasn't given 100%, everyone is believable and engaging. Luk Wyns gives a convincing portrayal as the not very nice Etienne (even Micky, the dog has a go at him). The Pim - Gino - Sabrina triangle is particularly engaging, and I hope all three actors are destined for full careers.
In the featurette about the showing in London, Eva Van der Gucht explains her feelings about playing Yvette, and she is right, Yvette isn't a perfect mother, but she does put her own plans on hold, and does do her best as a mother to Pim.
I rented this film, and after about two weeks I realised that I had to buy it and return the rental copy. I hope I'm not giving too much away by saying that it's a feel - good movie that I watch whenever I need cheering up.
It's good to see a gay movie that doesn't have a sad ending, as Bavo Defurne says, this movie reflects the fact that gay people can lead happy lives.
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Annoying and not enough action,plus to much left to your imagination.
It wasn't entertaining nor could I yell with the two main characters
I can’t understand why this film has been given so many five-star reviews; I think I must have missed something! Read morePublished 6 months ago by AB