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An Oversimplification of Her BeautyBF-2012 

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Overwhelming debut about the doubts of the director Nance about his relationship with a beautiful young woman. He combines personal experiences with fiction, documentary and various animation styles. A film filled with vulnerability and humour; enthusiasm leaps at you from the screen.

One evening in 2006, the young American filmmaker Terence Nance receives a phone call from the woman he had been trying to build up a relationship with for some time. She can’t come. He starts having his doubts. Why did she back out?
Open-hearted, sharp and playful, Nance tries in An Oversimplification of Her Beauty to trace all the elements of his feelings about the evening back to their true origins. Fantasies, feelings and memories roll over the screen in the form of documentary footage, live action and a wide range of animation styles. And in addition there are the inevitable questions that the maker must pose: How well does he know himself? Is he not being deceived by his own feelings?
For a phenomenon that everybody occasionally experiences, the starting point for An Oversimplification of Her Beauty is surprisingly seldom the subject of films. What goes on in your body as you experience emotions at a certain point? And how ‘sure’ is that moment really?

Powerful visuals, accompanied by an evenso powerful sound track. Mixing cartoons (3/4 of the time??) and "normal" film is intriguing. I'm not sure that I hate it or love it. Some of the meta jokes and meta stories, especially in the beginning, tend to wear a bit thin after a few repeats.
Overall, I found the film chronologically confusing. This may be intentional, given the quote "Love is confusing time wise". The order of the scenes reflects that statement exactly.
What I missed most is that we do not get the chance to really know the two main characters: what do they do, their interests/hobbies, and their purpose in life?? Probably I'm too rational in this, since love does not care for such trivialities. But still, I consider it a major defect in this film. I can accept that I'm alone in this, deemed overly rational by everyone I know. Anyway, it was the cause that I failed to get involved.
The Q&A after the screening was very enlightening. We learned that actually writing the script only took a few hours. The real effort was put in the editing, in order to reduce many hours of footage to only 90 minutes. He dropped scenes he considered "too long" (very logical) plus some with less clothes on (otherwise people would wonder what was going on, distracting from the actual contents). The long production time, around 8 years, was caused by other obligations, like finishing school.
Webreview from JvH48 on 31 January 2012 19:55
USA 2012
DirectorTerence Nance
ProducerTerence Nance
 Andrew Corkin
 James Bartlett
 Media MVMT
SalesMedia MVMT
ScenarioTerence Nance
PhotographyMatthew Bray, Shawn Peters
EditorTerence Nance
Sound designVincent Wheeler
MusicTerence Etc.
Film formatHDcam
2012 Bright Future International premiere

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