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Desire for Beauty (2013)

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Four people undergo plastic surgery. Their appearances will change, but will their lives?

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The first ever Polish documentary on the issues of beauty and self-perception. It follows the winding journeys of four people who turn to plastic surgery as the last resort in their search for perfection. Aside from the obvious dilemmas, Desire for Beauty addresses numerous hidden questions, and reveals things that neither the makers nor the heroes of the film really expected. The making of the film attracted a number of renowned members of Polish social scene, and found solid support in the professional opinions of the country's top experts in various fields - from psychology to the fashion industry. However, more importantly, the film will take its spectators on a breathtaking emotional ride, and trigger a wave of discussion about one of humankind's most unquenchable desires... Written by Vera Arkhipova

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Things that mirrors don't show

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22 March 2013 (Poland)  »

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Pragnienie piekna  »

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PLN 2,000,000 (estimated)
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A Visual Feast
11 January 2012 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Such a beautifully shot film. This film blurs the borders between documentary and feature film with "talking head" interviews, obs-doc and docu-drama sequences, all beautifully rendered on the screen.

The real-life characters are presented in a warm and empathetic manner, with their anxieties about the way they look explored in a multitude of ways.

What is most interesting about the film is the neutral tone in which the story is presented. We are made to empathize and understand the subjects of this film, we understand their need and can rationalize it as human. But cosmetic surgery is not a black and white subject, and from one moment to the next the audiences judgments might waver from understanding to dismay. We realize the physical pain and the dangers involved in these procedures, and we wonder why any person would put them through such an ordeal.

Ultimately, the quest for physical perfection is seen as a basic human desire, but we are all too human for it.


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