Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
Original title: Noordzee, Texas
Indeed films, Mollywood, Eén, Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds. Screenplay by Bavo Defurne, Yves Verbraeken, based on the novel Nooit Gaat Dit Over by Andre Sollie. Cinematography by Anton Mertens. Produced by Yves Verbraeken. Music by Adriano Cominotto. Production Design by Kurt Rigolie. Costume Design by Nathalie Lermytte. Film Editing by Els Voorspoels.
As a small boy, Pim likes to put on a crown and sash and pose as a beauty queen in his mother’s room; as a teenager he’s still pretty fabulous, and when his sexuality ripens he gets to explore it when neighbor and friend Gino becomes his lover. Things don’t continue in the bliss of summer romance, however, when Gino turns out to want the pursuit of a normal life and gets a girlfriend. As gay coming-of-age stories go, this one doesn’t rewrite the book in its narrative, but that does not mean it isn’t special. Bavo Defurne’s sensitive direction, the beautiful photography and excellent performances make the old feel new again, and provide for a heartfelt, thoroughly enjoyable and poignant story about growing up in a world where love provides elation and disappointment in equal measure. Eva van der Gucht (Everybody’s Famous) is superb as our hero’s unreliable mother.