An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty (2013)

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Executive producers Jay-Z, Dream Hampton, and Wyatt Cenac present Terence Nance's explosively creative debut feature, AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY. With arresting insight, vulnerability, and a delightful sense of humor, the film documents the relationship between Terence (Nance) and a lovely young woman (Namik Minter) as it teeters on the divide between platonic and romantic. Utilizing a tapestry of live action and multiple styles of animation, the film blurs the line between narrative, documentary, and experimental film as it explores the fantasies, emotions, and memories that race through Terence's mind as he examines and re-examines a singular moment in time. (c) Variance
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NR
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Animation , Comedy , Special Interest
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Cast

Reg E. Cathey
as Narrator
Terence Nance
as Terence
Namik Minter
as Narrator
Ruby Amanze
as Narrator
Ruby Amanze
as Narrator
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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (12)

Bold and varied animation sequences lift this into the stratosphere before it falls back into Nance's obsessively layered narrative; the resulting film is both beautiful and disorienting (just like love).

Full Review… | June 27, 2013
Chicago Reader
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While the movie doesn't paint a clear sense of Nance's emotional side, one thing is certain: He is an artist with creativity to spare. This effort may not have been wholly successful, but it's a promising start to what could be a thrilling career.

Full Review… | June 27, 2013
Washington Post
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It is an emotionally exhausting but ultimately rewarding kaleidoscope of video, animation, words and music - and feelings on top of feelings on top of feelings.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
Seattle Times
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The excess and earnestness suit the subject - the ephemeral and all-consuming nature of romantic love.

Full Review… | June 13, 2013
Boston Globe
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What saves the film-and grandly-is Nance's wildly ambitious visual imagination.

Full Review… | April 27, 2013
Village Voice
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A dense, organic, dazzling and funny tapestry, making use of varied and subtly colored animation and stop-motion; candid video; playfully verbose direct address; chapters and footnotes and doodles; and suavely chosen music and sonic bridges.

Full Review… | April 25, 2013
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty

"It began looking interesting. It became increasingly and annoyingly self-indulgent." - Rodd Whelpley (I agree.)

Lisa Whelpley
Lisa Whelpley
½

While the movie doesn't paint a clear sense of Nance's emotional side, one thing is certain: He is an artist with creativity to spare. This effort may not have been wholly successful, but it's a promising start to what could be a thrilling career.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo
½

Movies like this are what make me curious about the movies. Here we have a rhythmic experimental film about how being in a relationship with someone else make us change how we see ourselves

Gordon Briggs
Gordon Briggs

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