This list is films with LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, queer and intersex) content that I watched or will watch
North Sea Texas
A teenage boy's search for love finds him fixated on the boy next door.
Pim lives in a run-down house in a dead-end street somewhere at the Belgian coast, together with his mother Yvette Bulteel. Life here smells of cold French fries, cheap cigarettes, vermouth and stale beer. Mother Yvette uses her fat Etienne with his lousy grey Fiat as a driver for the nights she has to “perform”. As a kid Pim dreams of a better life, imagining princesses and beauty queens. But when Pim turns 16 he dreams of Gino, the boy next door, instead. Ever since they were children there has been this tension between them. Now Gino is Pim’s motorcycling hero. Cold mockery, little humiliations and tiny bits of hope make up Pim’s life. No wonder he sometimes flees to his dream world.
This movie is not set in Texas.
What a cute movie.
This movie is very much about mood as the dialog can be a bit sparse but it's a pretty effective coming of age story of a young, gay Belgian boy named Pim.
In the beginning we see the budding relationship between Pim and his neighbor Gino. Things go wrong pretty quickly and the rest of the movie is Pim dealing with everything happening in his life including a Mom who doesn't give him much attention.
The mood of the film is very dreamlike which the landscape shots and dreamy, 60's pop soundtrack really add to. It feels like we are just moving through Pim's life very fast seeing little bits at a time but it feels…
North Sea Texas is a coming-of-age romance, set on the remote, Belgian North Sea coast during the 1960’s. From a young age, Pim (Jelle Florizoone), has been left to fend for himself and to find his own fun while his mother, Yvette (Eva van der Gucht), works as an accordionist at the local night spot, ‘The Texas’. Semi-adopted by a neighbouring family when Yvette begins to work the bar circuit, Pim forms a special bond with the boy next door, Gino (Mathias Vergels), which develops into something more. As the boys swiftly approach adulthood and the expectations society hoists upon them, they must discover if their relationship can survive.
North Sea Texas has been a festival darling, so far garnering…
It gets better, Pim... It gets better
Beautifully delicate look at growing up in a dead-end seaside town in the 1970s. The film suffers slightly because of how incommunicative its lead character is - he's a silent observer. There's lots to observe, there are great supporting characters and the theme of budding sexuality is always an interesting one, but it's always a tricky thing when the protagonist doesn't speak much and doesn't emote very much.
The film includes some stunning shots of a run-down town, but I'm still not entirely sure why it was set in the 70s. The attention to detail in set design is incredible, but we're never told what year it is. Aside from fashions, it could have been set in any pre-internet time.…
So, it looks like there is no such thing as personal space in Belgium, and there is no end of children with snoopy, hoarder tendencies. Apparently, Belgian teenagers spend their spare time rummaging through the draws of their parents and their friends, trying on their clothes, nicking their sketches and stowing away their shaving scraps. I guess there is not much else to do in the arse end of Flanders.
There are also very few options for love.
So it goes with young Pim (Jelle Florizoone) in Bavo Defurne's beautifully rendered feature debut, North Sea, Texas (Noordzee, Texas). He lives with his curvaceous, accordion playing mother, Yvette (wonderfully played by Eva van der Gucht) in a tiny village on the…
Belgian filmmaker Bavo Defurne’s first feature, North Sea Texas, is, what I would like to call, an interesting film. On a technical level, it’s near-perfect. The cinematography is gorgeous, with beautifully lit and framed scenes, and it’s wonderfully edited. The film doesn’t feel its length, but when scenes are more emotional the editor lingers on the shots extra long, and it works very well. Defurne definitely has a clear vision of what he wants his film to look and feel like. The soundtrack perfectly encapulates the time era in which the film takes place, and it's beautiful to listen to. There’s a song included in the soundtrack called ‘Wooly Clouds’ performed by Renée Sys and Adriano Cominotto, which is one…
Pretty dull 90% of the time. But some strong acting from kids and nice cinematography.
Lacked clear plot which really got on my nerves
the ending was really cute but a lot of the movie felt like a filler for... something. I don't know there were just long stretches where I had no idea where it was going even though I was enjoying the ride.
The characters here were uncomfortably young, and the whole time I was watching I was squinting and mumbling, "what just happened? What?"
I am confused is this actually Boyhood about a Belgian version of me?
**Edit: No, it is not. But it is exactly what you want a realist gay coming-of-age story set in 1960s Belgium to be. This movie left me with a lot of questions (mostly because I sometimes forgot they weren't speaking English and approximated English words/phrases that were totally incoherent) but also lots of feelings.
It's a very romantic, intriguing, cute and dramatic coming of age movie. Isn't that enough?
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