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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?

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Miguel Gaudêncio
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Cast

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

Genres:

Documentary | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

22 March 2013 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Pragnienie piekna See more »

Filming Locations:

Kraków, Malopolskie, Poland See more »

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Budget:

PLN 2,000,000 (estimated)
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Green Box,Strefa Cialo See more »
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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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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I did not expect to be as touched as I was
25 December 2014 | by bronislawa-szczesnySee all my reviews

I have to admit before watching it, I thought it was going to be about something superficial but once I pressed play, I was drawn (thanks first to the music) into the all story and the emotions of it. Honestly, I did not expect to be as touched as I was. This documentary addresses numerous issues we have as a society and the search for 'perfection' and what lengths we'll go through to get there. It works as an excellent reminder of the "disorder" that a large proportion of the population still lives from day to day. We could call it "a beauty disorder". The nature of the material is depressive but it's shoot with an impeccable taste and carefulness, like the cut of a precise surgeon. I was a bit surprised by the outcome and think this is a terribly interesting topic for discussion. Highly recommend it!


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