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11 Ratings


Directed by Jonathan Olshefski
United States, 2017


Filmed with vérité intimacy over the course of a decade, the documentary feature debut of director Jonathan Olshefski is a portrait of a family living in North Philadelphia.

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Quest Directed by Jonathan Olshefski

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2018 | 2 nominations including: Jeep Truer Than Fiction Award.

2018 | Winner: Jeep Truer Than Fiction Award

One of the great virtues of Quest is precisely that it gives us a sense of what struggling feels like, without rhetoric or melodramatic flourishes. Utz and Olshefski are canny in parceling out information, letting things emerge, it seems, when the film’s subjects feel like opening up about them.
December 08, 2017
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Only 90 minutes long, the film feels intimate and yet at the same time vast. It has a relaxed pace, but an intensity of focus. . . . What interested Olshefski was Chris and Christine’a, as people. They are both riveting to watch, and even more so to listen to. Maybe it is because they approach life from a thoughtful and deep place, even as the slings and arrows come at them from every which way.
December 08, 2017
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It’s the type of independent film about American life that should be common but is rare in actuality, because there’s nothing commercial or grabby about capturing a family’s domestic routines so directly. That Olshefski could never have imagined a stray bullet transforming his documentary is part of its fundamental integrity, because he clearly felt a less dramatic portrait of the Raineys would have been compelling enough on its own. He’s right.
December 07, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • Jason's rating of the film Quest

    So utterly moving, such a humbling labour of devotion and humanity, and so forceful and necessary a revelation in terms of the garbage sense our culture possesses of what constitutes heroism, that any quibbles I may have allowed myself to have about the basic deployment of film form in QUEST has been staunched outright. It is as powerful a thing as I can expect to see in the foreseeable future. I got teary.

  • Renton47's rating of the film Quest

    In my country we fetishise the Aussie Battler, a laughable conceit of someone who works hard for decent pay. Quest depicts a level of struggle that few could survive intact, and most defiantly it's the most hopeful response to these conditions. Most radically it posits the Rainey's as individuals most worthy of being our role models - not remotely unrealistic for those who witness their dignity + decency. 4.5