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(A Complex Exploration Of The Dance Between Id, Ego & Super Ego)
The following is an excerpt from a review by Tambay @ http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/sundance-2012-review-an-oversimplification-of-her-beauty
They say that there's something of every artist in the work they create, whether a conscious decision or not; and the act of creating with the intent to surrender your creation (and in essence a piece of yourself) to a potentially scrutinizing audience, requires some degree of courage on the part of the artist; but I would further say that it takes a certain amount and kind of bravery to intentionally insert oneself (both literally and figuratively) completely naked (physically and emotionally) into one's work, and then publicly present the completed work to not only family, friends and acquaintances, but also perfect strangers.
Although there is also risking the possibility (or danger even) that some may consider it more of an arrogance and pretentiousness than bravery; but some artists may actually embrace that interpretation as well.
Terence Nance's feature film debut straddles that line, both in terms of content and structure; I would further ellaborate on that, but I want to give as little of the narrative away as possible, because I think it's the kind of work that's best experienced blindly. And I will say that, in this writer's opinion, in *lesser* skilled creative hands, An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty (Nance's feature film debut, some 3 years in the making) could have veered more towards the overbearing, instead of the bold, contemplative, inquisitive, complex work of art Nance has created here.
And it's just that - a work of art; something you're maybe more apt to find as an installation (or part of one) in a museum, than at the movie theater - specifically the mainstream, multiplex chains; I could definitely see some of the smaller independent theaters programming it into their schedules.
In watching An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty, numerous artists from different mediums and their works entered my mind at various moments within the film's 91-minute running time; like author and playwright Arthur Schnitzler(known most for his inquisitive and frank explorations of sexuality and the unconscious), Jonathan Caouette'scritically acclaimed fiercely personal 2003 documentary Tarnation, the whimsy of Jean- Pierre Jeaunet's 2001 hitAmelie (thanks in part to Nance's use of a piece of a track from Yann Tiersen's score of that film), and even multi-media artist Chris Marker's seminal, poetic post-apocalyptic 1962 short film La Jetee, itself also a work that some would classify as ART, constructed almost entirely from photographs and a running voice-over, than what most recognize as classic cinema.
full review at http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/sundance-2012-review-an-oversimplification-of-her-beauty
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