AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY
Directed by Terence Nance
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.
The project fits well within a tradition of artistic obsession far more common in painting, literature and music than mainstream filmmaking. Despite the playful ingenuity of his presentation […], one senses that Nance doesn’t fully trust the cinematic medium. The raw emotionality comes through at every turn, despite the helmer’s insistence on structuring the film like some sort of college essay and carpeting it with flowery wall-to-wall narration.” — Peter Debruge, Variety
With arresting insight, vulnerability, and a delightful sense of humor, Terence Nance’s explosively creative debut feature, AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY, 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.
A candid, meditative, at times whimsical, personal, complex exploration of time, memory, obsession, awareness, and change; or maybe more simplistically, why we (human beings) do the things we do, and the difficulties in acknowledging and coming to terms with those perceived-to-be unflattering personal traits we have; and the vulnerability that accompanies that kind of self-actualization.” — Tambay Obenson, IndieWire
Hi, I’m Terence Nance. I am the writer and director of An Oversimplification of Her Beauty I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. I have a big family there and we make sweet potato pie for large family meals, not pumpkin. Dallas is not for me at this point, one has to drive if one needs to go anywhere so I’m living in the more walkable Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, New York. I’ve been here for almost 2 years now and I really like it, mostly because of The Swarm*. I came here after living in paris for a few years on an artist residency. Before that I was going to NYU to earn my M.F.A. and that was buckets of fun, and while there I made an installation, designed some T-shirts, fell in love, directed some movies, and was bestruken (I made that word up) by 8 million other Ideas. As you can see I am in the post production phase of my first feature, which is not unlike being in purgatory. It is called An Oversimplification of Her Beauty and I think It will make you smile, several times over a period of just over an hour.
2012: Sundance, Rotterdam, Ashland Independent, New Directors New Films, LAFF, Athens, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Rooftop Summer Series, Montclair, Cleveland, Dallas International