An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

(2012)

directed by Terence Nance, 84 minutes

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"...both unprecedented and familiar, with antecedents in both mainstream and art cinema." - Ina Diane Archer, Film Comment

With arresting insight, vulnerability and a delightful sense of humor, AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY utilizes a mix of live action and animation to capture the relationship between Terence (Nance) and a lovely young woman (Namik Minter) as it teeters on the divide between platonic and romantic.

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1 member found this review helpful Created 9 months ago.

A must-see! I don't feel like writing an extensive review so I'll oversimplify <<< See what I did there? HUH?! Haha, anyway, this movie taught me quite a few lessons about relationships and forced me to take an honest look at myself in that context. It's actually almost scary the similarities between the protagonist and myself. So, if you're an artsy, day-dreaming, confused, passive guy with afrocentric time management skills (even if you're not of African decent) then you will relate to this movie a lot. But, there is also something for everyone in this movie and I'm sure anyone who's ever been in love can relate and should watch for some powerful insights. On top of all that, this movie is beautifully and imaginatively shot and the music is excellent. Watch it ASAP!

1 member found this review helpful Created about 1 month ago.

I didn't love it and was confused by it. Perhaps an "oversimplification" is all you can do with a complicated relationship between complicated people. It felt nice (and sad and inevitable) and was about things over time and distance and age. It was much like a collage on a mosaic with much empty space. It needs to be watched two or three time, maybe taking notes, which isn't necessarily a good recommendation. It also needs to be handled gently, as film, relationship and participants are fragile.

1 member found this review helpful Created 3 months ago.

This isn't about love, really. It is about the possibility of film as a medium for personal expression. The narration and the methods used don't so much break the "fourth wall" as render it irrelevant as the director uses the film as a personal journal - complete with doodles, profound insights, and delightfully unapologetic subjectivity.

Created 23 days ago.

Really enjoyed it.

1 member found this review helpful Created 8 months ago.

At first this movie struck me as just another film student blowing up their romantic tangles into something more profound than it really is. Early in the movie he claims to have a twelve hour workday, but I'm almost positive that most of that is probably school related, not that it isn't hard. But when that "I am unlucky" thing pops up it can feel a little alienating to someone who either doesn't have the funds or was too lost and confused to actually attempt to follow a passion such as art and film-making until the opportunities had already dried up. But if you stick with it you realize that these are things we all go through. Rich and poor. White, latino, African, antarctican (?) It just doesn't matter. The beautiful and sometimes cruel dance of love is something we all go through. The train of thought in the film can be hard to follow, but hey. Try being in love sometime. I know you have.

Created 9 months ago.

It was good, it shows the complexities of romantic relationships, especially when the two people involved aren't open and honest about their feelings due to the worry of being too vulnerable.

Created 9 months ago.

It had some moments that I could get into, but they were short-lived in part because of the film's choppiness. I liked the animation and the couple's tender interview sessions. The movie as a whole did not work for me, however.

Created 11 months ago.

not my of type of mov

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