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Oversimplification of Her Beauty, An (12A)

Animation, Comedy, Drama

A quixotic artist hypothesizes about why he feels bad when a mystery girl stands him up. The event prompts him to ask: what's the content of a momentary feeling? Is it the sum of your experiences? And, perhaps more importantly, are your experiences the sum of you?

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The critical consensus

Garrulous and a little pretentious, but also sweet, and astute enough to allow the dream girl a right of reply.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 03/02/2014

A frustratingly ungraspable movie collage compiled with real visual flair.

**(*)(*)(*)Patrick Peters, Empire Online, 03/02/2014

Frustratingly self-involved but wonderfully, artistically unique.

***(*)(*)Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies, 06/02/2014

The director Terence Nance uses voice-over to try to impose at least the illusion of coherence on a project clearly made up as he went along.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 06/02/2014

Not a square millimetre of the director's navel is left ungazed at in Terence Nance's film of interviews with a beautiful woman he loves.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 06/02/2014

Where to start in describing Terence Nance's wildly ambitious multimedia chronicle of a love foretold?

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 09/02/2014

Where and when?

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Friday March 14, 2014, until Sunday March 16, 2014. More info:

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