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An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

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"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)."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"The excess and earnestness suit the subject - the ephemeral and all-consuming nature of romantic love."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"Not so much a feature film as a series of cinematic doodles and self-reflexive ruminations on the subject of obsessive love."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"Hyperbolic adjectives such as dizzying, effervescent, kaleidoscopic and exhilarating spring to mind but don't adequately convey the craft and persistence that have gone into this confessional slice of (semi) non-fiction."
‑ Ashley Clark, Sight and Sound
"An Oversimplification of Her Beauty is a love story, and it appropriately feels as if it has been made with the heart more than the head."
‑ Philip Concannon, The Skinny
"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."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"What saves the film-and grandly-is Nance's wildly ambitious visual imagination."
‑ Ernest Hardy, Village Voice
"Nance dissects himself with candour and self-deprecating charm, ensuring that beneath the experimentation this is deeply relatable."
‑ Simon Kinnear, Total Film
"Those who don't often delve into the avant-garde and left-field film-making may struggle to warm to this atypical love story but there's no denying Nance has a distinctive voice."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Not a square millimetre of the director's navel is left ungazed at in Terence Nance's film of interviews with a beautiful woman he loves."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"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."
‑ Andrew Matson, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
"Mind-boggling fare indeed."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"Even without any proper dramatic scenes, this swirling collage of a movie draws us into its story and situations, revealing deep truths about relationships."
‑ Rich Cline,
"The film is annoying at times, hugely inventive at others. The animation sequences are cult-collectable."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
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