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

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Filmed over the course of eight years, filmmaker Jonathan Olshefski chronicles the daily struggles and successes of the Raineys, an African-American family living in Philadelphia.

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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 | Full Review…

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