A dizzying and unclassifiable work of autofiction, Terence Nance’s 2012 debut feature refracts a gamut of influences – Afrofuturism, Charlie Kaufman, Alice Coltrane, Spike Lee – through its author’s bid to understand what makes us love.
Nance plays a heightened version of himself, a highly strung artist preoccupied with a woman (Namik Minter) who has stood him up for a date.
Opening like straightforward drama, what we are watching is revealed to be – Charlie Kaufman-style – a film within a film, which is Nance’s own 2006 short How Would You Feel?
From there An Oversimplification of Her Beauty opens out further, hopping between genres and styles, with a host of narrators (including the great character actor Reg E.Cathey) giving voice to Nance’s conflicting takes on the roots of his own feelings of love and longing.
Blending autobiography, science fiction, fantasy and much more, this is a freeform self-portrait by a unique artist who most recently collaborated with Solange on When I Get Home.
An intoxicating example of a Black filmmaker taking genre influences into bold new territory.