Thursday, 26 April 2012

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty ★★☆☆☆

Perhaps the most unconventional film in this year's Sundance London programme, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (2012) plays out as director Terrence Nance's experimental ode to the girl that got away. Combining a multitude of styles, this multifaceted, non-linear documentary is likely to divide audiences despite its obvious artistic flare.

Essentially, Nance's film is a self-reflective rumination on a haunting experience of unrequited love. Split into two intertwining segments, the documentary is both a short entitled 'How Would you Feel?' sporadically interrupted by a feature length called 'An Oversimplification of Her Beauty', boiling down to two different viewpoints on the same relationship - one highlighting the crushing insecurity felt at the time and the second the recurring memories of what was lost.


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