Quest (2017)

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,… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: December 8, 2017
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Consensus: Simultaneously sweeping and intimate, Quest uses one family's experiences to offer trenchant, wide-ranging observations about modern American life.

Helen O'Hara
Time Out

Olshefski captures the frustration, resignation and determination that leaves you struck by this family -- average in their concerns but extraordinary in their dedication to one another.

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Josh Modell
AV Club

There are stretches of Quest that are tough to watch, and others you might never want to end.

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Shane Slater

Director Jonathan Olshefski stumbles on a profoundly bittersweet testament to the human condition. At once universal and specific, Quest is a truly American story.

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David Fear
Rolling Stone

Quest speaks volumes about working-class life and the necessity of community, parenting, perseverance, speaking out, speaking up, hope.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

The randomness is what's so stunning; one moment life is flowing placidly, then its course is cruelly changed.

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David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf

A mesmerizing portrait of a North Philadelphia family over a tumultuous decade.

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Sheila O'Malley

[An] extraordinary documentary.

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Scott Tobias

Christopher, Christine'a, and P.J. are beautiful to watch together, and there's hope in witnessing them persevere - in an underserved neighborhood, against shifting political tides, beset by the random cruelties of fate.

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Arlin Golden
Film Inquiry

By offering a deeply relatable prism through which to experience...the nuclear American family, Quest is both a mirror and a window, showing both symptoms of our culture and the ways in which individuals subvert and redefine them.

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