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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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Agata Kulesza accepted the part after a meeting with the director, even knowing that a script was not available at the time. See more »

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3 January 2012 | by samozwaniecSee all my reviews

I had the privilege to see the film more than once, so I have no intention to repeat what was already said. What I would like to share is a bit of my observations while some teenage friend of mine was seeing the 'Pragnienie Piękna' for the first time. Not only had she remained silent for the whole movie but also I could see that she went on a journey with all of the main characters, trying to find a bit of 'herself' in those stories. When the operation frames had started she nearly covered her face with a blanket – not feeling ready to see the rest of the action and was likely to burst into tears when they were taking off the plaster from Kamila's face after the nose correction surgery. The film occurred to be emotionally appealing towards nearly 18 years old, sensible, teenage girl as well as to her 'older' friend. At the very end she said: 'Yes that kind of things really happen in everyman life's'.

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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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