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North Sea Texas

This debut feature by noted short-film director Bavo Defurne emphasizes ambiance over storytelling, but that ambiance is so flavorsome you might not mind. It takes place in an isolated seaside town during an unspecified but intricately designed past era that could be anything from the mid 1950s to late 1970s. The loose narrative follows a shy boy from about age ten through early adulthood, and its most significant development is his years-long romantic infatuation with a male friend. This unflagging desire seems to determine the movie's unique sense of time; how much has elapsed from one scene to the next could be days or years, and that ambiguity enhances Defurne's portrait of a town cut off from the rest of the world. In Dutch with subtitles.

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