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Desire for Beauty (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Drama | 22 March 2013 (Poland)
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Four people undergo plastic surgery. Their appearances will change, but will their lives?


Miguel Gaudêncio





Credited cast:
Maria Czubaszek ... Self
Agata Kulesza ... Self
Zbigniew Lew-Starowicz Zbigniew Lew-Starowicz ... Self (as Lew Starowicz)
Mikolaj Lizut Mikolaj Lizut ... Self
Katarzyna Miller Katarzyna Miller ... Self
Piotr Najsztub ... Self
Julia Pietrucha ... Self
Maria Rotkiel Maria Rotkiel ... Self
Marzena Sienkiewicz Marzena Sienkiewicz ... Self
Agnieszka Wozniak-Starak ... Self (as Agnieszka Szulim)


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


Documentary | Drama


Not Rated

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The director decided not to advertise for cast. Instead, the producer passed the word to friends, and that's how the main protagonists were found. The director wanted people to be surprised with the invitation, and didn't want people just looking for a chance to appear on screen. See more »

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A highly recommend reflection!!!
1 January 2012 | by miguelgaudencioSee all my reviews

"Desire for Beauty" is an excellent reminder of the "disorder" that a large proportion of the population still lives from day to day. I could call it "a beauty disorder". The nature of the material is depressive but it's shoot with an impeccable taste and careful, like the cut of a precise surgeon. With class the "wound" and "polish tabu" are exposed to bitter sweet images and a reflection that is not only how much "humanity" has accomplished, but to what extent we've become slaves to the institutions, facilities, jobs, social trues and structures that we inhabit. Most films center on a hero or heroes scheming to overcome some obstacle or complete some quest. "Desire for Beauty" world is one of emotional pressure on which unexpected forces continuously exert pressure on the individual, shaping how he thinks and behaves. A highly recommended reflection!!!

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Release Date:

22 March 2013 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Pragnienie piękna See more »

Filming Locations:

Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland See more »


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PLN2,000,000 (estimated)
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Green Box, Strefa Cialo See more »
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2.35 : 1
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