North Sea Texas
Nordzee Texas

DIRECTOR: Bavo Defurne

Expected guest: director Bavo Defurne

In this charming, sexy coming-of-age story set along the Belgian coastline in the early 1970s, Pim is a boy unafraid of his predilection for dressing up in women’s clothes, putting on makeup or pining for the handsome, older boy who lives next door. His mom Yvette is a blowsy woman who spends more time in the pub than she does with her son, so she is somewhat oblivious to his burgeoning sexuality. Pim gets more attention from the neighbors where single mom Marcella feeds him, daughter Sabrina fawns over him, and son Gino isn’t averse to being fondled by him. Adolescence is never easy; however, and Pim’s clandestine relationship is complicated by Gino’s new girlfriend and the arrival of a sexy boarder named Zoltan to Yvette’s household. Effortlessly mingling these supporting characters and their stories with the trajectory of Pim’s journey toward self-acceptance, North Sea Texas delights with its presentation of a bold central character pursuing his desires headlong. Frank without being prurient, well acted by a cast of relative newcomers and told with a precise sense of the days and hours of its young protagonist, this debut feature by the director of several well-known, gay-themed shorts will remind many of the emotional maelstrom of growing up.

— ROD ARMSTRONG

In Dutch with English subtitles.

AT&T Audience Award Text Voting Code: F136

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