North Sea Texas 2011 / Boys fall in love in this simple seaside coming-of-age drama


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.

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