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.
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