We recently attended a screening of An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, when it came to the Brattle Theater in Cambridge. The event was both a screening of the film as well as Q&A with the director,Terence Nance. This was one of his more recent stops on a North American tour.
The self reflexive style struck a powerful chord within each of us; our minds buzzed while we watched, internally relating Nance's painful yet invigorating experiences with our own. Moreover, Nance wins favor with his honest portrayal of raw desire and whimsical longing for a love that borders on the ideal. By elevating his individual love to a more universal, Nance skillfully conveys the emotions of love and lust, and explores the unexpected implications of expectations we impose on our objects of affection.
The theme is masterfully expressed with an adept use of narration, artistic video footage, and animation. The award winning film is a must see for anyone that appreciates art and the subtleties of life and love.