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June 5th, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON | Brew Views
 

Brew Views: An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

Love, deconstructed.

brewviews_oversimplification_3931IMAGE: Stephanie Matthews

Like a lovesick diary entry, Terence Nance’s feature debut, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, loops from confession to self-doubt to blind infatuation. The film is a blend of documentary and narrative, detailing Nance’s occasionally blissful and often fraught relationship with his ideal(ized) woman. The woman isn’t named here, but she’s Nance’s real-life friend and sometimes lover Namik Minter, and in the film she both plays herself and becomes a character in Nance’s retelling. “It’s like my life put on screen to your music,” Minter says. But Nance prevents the film from devolving into a puddle of self-indulgence by lacing his voice-over with blues recordings and cutting in vivid animated sequences, playful doodles and dreamlike multimedia collages. Nance and Minter’s relationship might be tentative, but the film’s construction is wondrously go-for-broke.

  • Showing at: Hollywood Theatre. 7:30 and 9:30 pm Saturday, 2:30 and 4:30 pm Sunday, June 8-9.
  • Best paired with: Occidental Cloudy Summer Kolsch.
  • Also showing: Silver Linings Playbook (Laurelhurst Theater).
 
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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