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North Sea Texas review

A young boy's search for love.

Bavo Defurne's charming debut is evocatively set in a small Belgian coastal town in the early ’70s.

Dreamy teen Pim (Jelle Florizoone) lives with his big-boned, accordion-playing mum (Eva van der Gucht), a former beauty queen oblivious to Pim’s growing pains.

Busy with her boyfriend (Luk Wyns) or flirting with customers at the bar Texas, she scarcely notices her son’s awkward lust for neighbour Gino (Mathias Vergels).

Drawing affecting performances from a fledgling cast, Defurne’s film is a poignant snapshot of square-peg adolescent desire, vibrantly set against a colourful backdrop.

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