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Quest (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Simultaneously sweeping and intimate, Quest uses one family's experiences to offer thoughtful, wide-ranging observations about modern American life.

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Filmed with vérité intimacy for almost a decade, QUEST is the moving portrait of an American family living in North Philadelphia. Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency, parents Christopher "Quest" Rainey, and his wife, Christine'a "Ma Quest" Rainey raise a family while navigating the poverty and strife that grips their neighborhood. They nurture a community of artists in their basement home music studio, but even this creative sanctuary can't always keep them safe. Epic in scope, QUEST is a vivid illumination of race and class in America, and a testament to love, commitment, healing and hope.

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Tthe family members - Quest; his rock-solid wife, Christine'a; and their teenage daughter P.J., who gains in character and complexity as she grows up before our eyes-are too individualized to represent anything but their own determination and decency.

April 16, 2020 | Full Review…

The filmmakers are content to allow us to spend time with these people; they recognize the power of connection and compassion.

March 23, 2020 | Full Review…

Ordinariness-and [Jonathan] Olshefski's ordinary, level-headed approach to documenting their life-is the keynote of this intensely moving and involving film.

March 8, 2018 | Full Review…

There is no grand narrative or point to be hammered home; instead, Olshefski delivers a subtle, sincere and honest portrait of barely making ends meet in modern America.

February 23, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"Quest" could very easily have been titled "An American Family" as well.

January 4, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Through eight years of filming ... the director discovers an everyday American story of extraordinary strength.

December 14, 2017

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