A quixotic artist hypothesizes about why he feels bad when a mystery girl stands him up. The event prompts him to ask: what’s the content of a momentary feeling? Is it the sum of your experiences? And, perhaps more importantly, are your experiences the sum of you?
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A film that lacks a compelling punch, but is obviously a labor of love. Terence Nance wrote, directed and stars in this film, as well as doing the animation and the music. Call it a film school project if you like, but as film school projects go, I give it an "A".
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty is an impressive visual love poem that utilizes an array of mediums. Beyond the unique editing, the story is very universal and heartfelt. The self-reflexivity becomes repetitive eventually, but the movie is still an enjoyable docu-drama.
Loved the inventive use of animation and analog film techniques to tell different parts of the story. Remained lighthearted, frank, and touching while offering profound musings on love, courtship, friendship, and emotional memory. An ambitious project that turned out formidably.
I loved this. There was so much courage and ambition in it, and while comparisons to "Four Eyed Monsters" may be fair, this is the superior of the two. Between unrelenting, poetic, honest introspection from the author and a delightful variety of artistic tactics, this was something of a masterpiece in my eyes.
It's nice to see a film with and by people of color, and lovelier to see a narrative film that's a little more creative (that animation!). Sure, Nance's self-conscious, self-reflexive schtick felt a little tiresome after 20 minutes and made me want to throttle him a little and tell him to stop acting like a damn 13-year old suffering-artist heartbroken-puppy nice-guy. But it was fun and worth supporting.