Lite’s Review Room: DIFF – “An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty”

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With the Dallas International Film Festival in town we’ve been seeing a lot of movies.  Here is a look at “An Oversimplification of Her Beauty”.

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

How would you feel if the person you liked suddenly cancelled plans to meet? Filmmaker Terrance Nance puts his relationships on display for dissection in, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, an abstract and artful documentary infused with animation as a sort of sidebar commentary on a particular situation with a particular lady.

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty is actually two films intertwined. One is a 2006 short entitled “How Would You Feel?” which dissects the events, the emotions, the expectations, and the effects of a highly-anticipated evening with a young woman that is cancelled at the last minute. It’s lather, rinse, repeat cycle is periodically broken up by the infusion of animation and other slices from An Oversimplification of Her Beauty.

Visually, this film is stunningly beautiful. The cinematography of the live action is intimate as the relationship depicted hopes to be. The animation is a gorgeous and colorful cornucopia. You can see the vulnerability of the hopeful lover and his charming sense of humor at the scenario. However, if you were looking for a linear narrative, you won’t find it in this film. It’s the film equivalent of a round as the story is repeated and built upon with every repetition. The repetition makes this 88 minute film feel like it wears on forever.

That aside, this film is a beautiful work of art and a candy feast for the eyes. Perhaps it would be better served in smaller slices where the repetition doesn’t induce a sort of visual candy coma.

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