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 utilizes a tapestry of live action and multiple styles of animation as it documents the relationship between Terence (Nance) and a lovely young woman (Namik Minter) as it teeters on the divide between platonic and romantic. Blurring the line between narrative, documentary, and experimental film, the film explores the fantasies, emotions, and memories that race through Terence's mind as he examines and re-examines a singular moment in time.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
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, 04.25.2013
[An] endearing love poem.Peter Debruge, Variety, 12.18.2012
Experimental debut is an engaging essay film about (probably) unrequited love.John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, 12.18.2012
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 [UK], 02.06.2014