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Beauty Quest

Can the essence of universal beauty be captured in a single photo? BEAUTY QUEST follows female fashion photographer Arline Malakian as she searches for the defining picture of beauty. The documentary’s footage—which includes the on- and off-runway visage of a young model contrasted with a group of lively female seniors who still wear lipstick to play cards every week—is punctuated by the photographer’s breathtaking images. Two groups of women weigh in with witty comments—a focus group of young women led by a market researcher and a seasoned group of highly accomplished women who’ve been around the beauty block.