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North Sea Texas (2011)

North Sea Texas (2011)

Boys fall in love in this simple seaside coming-of-age drama

7.0

Movie

Belgium
Dutch
Drama, Romance
2011
BAVO DEFURNE
Ben Van den Heuvel, Ella-June Henrard, Eva van der Gucht
96 min

TLDR

It’s not actually set in Texas, though.

What it's about

After his alcoholic mom divorces his father, Pim moves to a run-down house in the Belgian countryside, dreaming of a better life as a princess or a beauty queen. However, the countryside is not without its charms, as Pim meets a handsome boy next door named Gino, who eventually becomes his best friend.

The take

Why a bar in the middle of the Belgian countryside is named Texas, we aren’t given an explanation. But North Sea Texas has a bit of the Southern small town charm that marked plenty of old American indies, with its retro neighborhood, lovers next door, and a more grounded approach to romance compared to its European neighbors of the time. The surrounding drama is a bit convoluted and, well, melodramatic, with a love triangle involving Pim’s mom, as well as a funeral, but there's a sweet simplicity to the way Pim and Gino’s romance unfolds. North Sea Texas doesn't reinvent the genre, but it's just a nice coming-of-age story that refreshingly doesn't have to deal with discrimination.

What stands out

The scene where Gino’s mom reaches out to both of them, to have them holding hands… So cute.

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