An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

(USA, 2012, 93 mins, DCP)
Director:
CAST Terence Nance, Namik Minter, Chanelle Pearson, Talibah Lateefah Newman, Dexter Jones

"You’ve just arrived home after a bad day. You’re broke and lonely, even though you live in the biggest and busiest city in America. You do, however, have one cause for mild optimism: you seem to have captured the attention of an intriguing young lady. You’ve rushed home to clean your apartment before she comes over. In your haste, you see that you’ve missed a call. There’s a voice mail; she tells you that she won’t be seeing you tonight. How would you feel?"

With arresting insight, vulnerability, and humor, Terence Nance’s explosively creative debut feature documents the relationship between Terence and a lovely young woman (Namik Minter) as it teeters on the divide between platonic and romantic. Utilizing a tapestry of live action and various styles of animation, Terence explores the fantasies, emotions, and memories that race through his mind during a singular moment in time. One of the most original and singular movies you will see all year, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty heralds the arrival of an exceptional new talent, maybe the most exciting young black filmmaker since Spike Lee.

"A visually dazzling ode to romantic angst […] Oversimplification blends animation, freeze-frame stop-and-go effects, mockumentary, and inspired manipulation of light and color into an ocular feast. It’s almost hypnotic in its style and genre promiscuity." Ernest Hardy, Village Voice

"This brisk and self-searching, sharply intelligent and deeply vulnerable romantic comedy is a masterwork of reflexive construction… Romantic obsession has rarely been filmed as sweetly, love’s labors rarely revealed so insightfully as their own reward." Richard Brody, New Yorker