Film: AIFAV Fest Review: An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

By Will Ashton | wa054010@ohiou.edu

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The final round of AIFAV festival coverage is possibly the best feature film I saw from this year’s festival, the quasi-documentary/animated exploration of one’s journey through love, life, and heartbreak.

An Oversimplification of Her Beauty | Directed by Terence Nance | Not Rated
RATING: 3.5/5

There is something so universal, yet so personal, about the notation of love.

This is a topic heavily explored in Terence Nance’s An Oversimplification of Her Beauty. A combination of his previous short film, How Would You Feel?, over-lined by the narrative feature An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, the movie is part documentary, part narrative, part animation, and possibly other genres all thrown together to make one original and interesting cinematic experience.

With shades of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, (500) Days of Summer, and more, the movie walks a fine line between being both brilliant and pretentious. As a result, it becomes a little bit of both. For better or for worse, it never truly hits one or the other in its stride. But when it is at its best, it is a heartfelt and honest look at relationships and love, especially in today’s day-and-age.

Even at only an hour-and-half, the film seems to wear out its welcome before the film reaches its conclusion. Nonetheless, the film is visually stunning and uniquely told, and proves that Nance is a talent to watch for in the years to come. Plus, it’s hard for me to ever be against any movie that features at least a little bit of stop-motion animation.

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