An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

Synopsis: 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?
Director(s): Terence Nance
Production: Variance Films
  1 win & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
84 min

Are you recording?


Are you recording?


Yeah, you are.

Pardon my interruption.

What you are about to see

is a short film entitled

How Would You Feel?

Created by one

Terence Nance in 2006.

How Would You Feel? is an educational

film that examines theories

about how humans come to

experience a singular emotion.

In its original form it was

presented as a work of fiction.

We will interrupt the fim How

Would You Feel? from time to time

with a new film entitled An

Oversimplification of Her Beauty.

We will do this in order

to provide the context

necessary to tell

a complete story.

So let's say that one day

you arrive at your home.

It has been a long day,

during which you have wod

no less than

12 consecutive hours.

This is in your case

a typical day.

However, this particulary

a young lady who you know

and a little more than like

has told you that she is coming to

be in your company this evenin.

So as you empty your pocs

and begin to get settled,

you see that she has telephoned you.

Of course you telephone her back.

She answers.

She tells you that she has

just arrived at her own home

and won't be coming

to yours tonight.

At that moment,

given the circumstances,

how would you feel?

Now let's say that this particular

day began at 8:
00 a.m.,

when you woke up too late to arrive

at your place of employment on time.

Your daily commute

is no less than one hour.

Although you arrive on tim,

you are disappointed in your inability

to awake yourself consistently

in situations when

you are in a bed alone.

You are disappointed because this disability

speaks to a lack of self-control.

Self-control that you feel entitled to,

but do not possess.

The evening before

you worked late

and consequently

slept for only three hours.

And let's say that you

have no bed and no money,

and a stubborn yet quixoc

do-it-yourself attitude.

So, you built your bed

in a wood shop

using Japanese wood

joinery techniques

that you learned from a book

you found in the garbage.

You possess no means

of personal transportation,

so you elected

to transport this bed,

piece by piece,

on the train ride home,

rushing yourself

because you expected

to be in the company

of this lady quite soon.

After all, she has told you

she would be in your

company this evening.

So, you empty your

pockets, get settled,

and notice you have missed her call.

You call her back.

She tells you she has just

arrived at her own home

and won't be seeing you tonight.

At that moment,

given the circumstances,

how would you feel?

Now, let's just say that over

the span of four to eight weeks,

this young lady has become a

very good friend of yours.

This friendship is platoni.

Let's say that

you are attracted to her.

You do not know if she,

in the deep recesses of her soul,

harbors any amorous feelings

for you as you do for her.

But when parting from

each other's presence,

she lightly kisses you

on your lips.

Seldom, but with intenti,

and a hint of mischief and

doubt opaque in her pupils.

Let's say you and this

lady friend have slept together

on between four

and 18 occasions.

And by "slept together"

I mean just that, sleeping.

Each occasion occurs in either

one of your full-sized beds.

Each time you share a bed,

you grow closer physically,

until you cannot get any closer.

And let's say that this growth

seems mutually fulfilling.

It is gentle, subtle, but fortunately

it is accelerating in intensit.

Of course, each morning after

and for varying lengths of time

during the days between

these encounters...

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Terence Nance

Terence Nance is an American artist, musician and film director from Dallas, Texas. Nance graduated from New York University where he studied visual art. more…

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