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An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

Year: 2011
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 95 minutes

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

Every once in a while, a film comes along that reinforces your belief in the medium. Terence Nance's AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY is one such film. An incredibly insightful, unique, and charming look into what runs through Nance's mind in one moment of getting stood up, this film tightly walks the thin line between realism and fantasy. Wholly original in its approach, the film posits itself as a documentary chronicling the outcome of a film Nance created years earlier and the impact said film had on his relationship with the elusive Namik. Utilizing as many approaches to his chosen art form as possible, Nance's AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY is a symphony of documentary footage, personal interviews, intrinsic cartoon interludes, and omniscient narration culminating into a search for the answer to one question: "What brought me to this point?" We all wish we could go into a time machine and better express ourselves to the ones we loved, and this film helps discover the people and events that shaped one man into the lovesick person he is today. Comical, captivating, and fantastic, this film will renew your belief that great art can come from the most defining experiences. – T.W.

CIFF36 Screenings

Friday, March 30, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Pan-African Images
Focus On Filmmakers

Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Terence Nance

Terence Nance was born and raised in Dallas, TX and received his MFA from New York University.


Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou

Mathieu Vadepied

Dorian Rigal-Ansous

Principal Cast
François Cluzet, Omar Sy

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Karamu House

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